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Wandana Apartment Block


City of Subiaco

Place Number

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93 Thomas St Subiaco

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1956

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 26 Jun 2012
State Register Registered 16 Mar 2001 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions or Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 28 Feb 1995 Exceptional Significance (Level 1)

Exceptional Significance (Level 1)

Listed on the State Register of Heritage Places or recommended for consideration for entry onto the State Register. Essential to the heritage of the City of Subiaco. High level of cultural heritage significance. Rare or outstanding example.

Classified by the National Trust Classified 09 Jul 2001

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

Refer to HCWA's Assessment Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places.

Physical Description

One ten storey and two three storey blocks, of 242 apartments. For more detail refer to HCWA's Assessment Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places.


Designed by Krantz and Sheldon and built for 455,000 pounds by State Housing Commission in 1956, this was the first multi-storey housing block built in WA. It was officially opened on 15.3.1956 by the Minister for Housing, Herb Graham. The apartment block was built due to a high demand for housing in Perth after WWII. For more detail refer to HCWA's Assessment Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places.
The work of Harold Krantz and Robert Sheldon became synonymous with the design and construction of many flats and apartments in Perth from the mid 1940s, producing mass housing that required a minimum of maintenance at affordable prices. Krantz and Sheldon demonstrated an architectural style that followed the principles of Modernism; simplistic, functional and economic with clever use of space and materials. In a period of about 30 years Krantz and Sheldon designed the majority of the flats built in Perth. (Ref: Interview with George Sheldon, Feb 2001)
The earliest development in the Triangle was, naturally, closest to the Hay Street commercial centre. Churchill Avenue and Barker Road, and the side streets such as Axon Street, Townshend Road, Olive Street and Coghlan Road, were mostly developed by 1905. Development then spread into the central area between Bagot and Heytesbury Roads by 1915, followed by the southern portion, along Thomas Road.
One of the first land releases was Berry Brow Estate which extended from Rokeby to Townshend Roads, between Hay St and Barker Road. It was marketed as the 'Toorak of Perth.' Others were Bowral Park (1896), the north east corner of the Triangle around Barker and Coghlan Roads, and Parkerville Estate, the stretch of Townshend Road between Barker and Bagot Roads. The area has always been predominately residential, and indeed, the Triangle gained a reputation in the early days as being a prestigious area - workers settled along the railway line, and the more affluent moved up the hill to what was perceived as the better part of Subiaco.
One of the earliest public buildings in the area was the Home of the Peace, on Hamersley Road and Thomas Street, which opened in 1902. Other public buildings include St Andrew's and St Catherine's churches.
Thomas Street was gazetted by 1883, and named after Mr J H Thomas, Director of PWD.
(Sources: Wise's Post Office Directory 1905-1925; Real Estate Maps, Battye Library Collection; Spillman, Ken, Identity Prized: A History of Subiaco, City of Subiaco, UWA Press, 1985, p. 74; Chate, A, H., History of Subiaco, c1952; Moore, D., Subiaco - Attitudes and Ecological Succession, no date, c 1980.)

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
10195 Krantz and Sheldon : architectural projects. Book 1996

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Flats\Apartment Block
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Flats\Apartment Block

Architectural Styles

Post-War International

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof TILE Other Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Technology & technological change

Creation Date

24 Jul 1997

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Last Update

22 Dec 2017


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