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Falk & Company Warehouse


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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2 Henry St, 41 Phillimore St Fremantle

Location Details

Also part of 840 West End Conservation Area.

Other Name(s)

Customs House Facade

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1888, Constructed from 1903

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Commonwealth List YES Heritage Council
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Classified by the National Trust Classified 27 May 1974

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 2

Level 2

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of considerable cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is a priority.

Statement of Significance

The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The building is not highly intact and recent fabric is not significant. The facade is an essential component of the Old Port City streetscape. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust.

Physical Description

Two storey rendered prominent and corner building, with original façade only intact, a brick building has been built behind the façade, which has a zero setback from the pavement. The façade, which extends predominantly into Phillimore Street, has engaged pilasters and a parapet with two pediments.


There were simple buildings on the corner of Henry and Phillimore Streets from as early as 1880. It is only as a result of the reclamation work undertaken in the 1880s for the harbour and railway works that development of this site became possible, as previously it had been on the water's edge. The lot was owned by Harrod until 1896, when it was purchased by Gallop, and then to Lilly and Co. in 1898. It appears in the rates record as the property of James Lilly until c1909, but remained in the family as part of his estate until after 1940.
The Falk Building for P Falk & Co. was constructed in 1888, with additions designed and built by F. W. Burwell in 1896. In 1903, more substantial additions by the same architect were built. These additions wrap the corner and front on to both Henry and Phillimore St. Falk remained the tenant until 1905.
Commonwealth offices were built in 1985, however the façade of the Custom's House was kept. Oldham Boas Ednie-Brown architects and Interstruct, builders, carried out the $13.7m project of redevelopment.
Currently (2002), commercial and office use.




Name Type Year From Year To
Frederick William Burwell, 1896 additions Architect - -

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Present Use COMMERCIAL Warehouse
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Customs House\Bond Store
Original Use COMMERCIAL Warehouse

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Classical
Federation Free Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall RENDER Other Render
Wall RENDER Smooth
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

21 Mar 2019


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