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Chemistry Centre (fmr), East Perth


City of Perth

Place Number

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100 Plain St East Perth

Location Details

Cnr Plain & Hay Sts

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1949 to 1953

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 18 Jan 2019
State Register Registered 18 Jan 2019 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Completed\Draft 13 Mar 2001 Category 2

Category 2

Considerable - Very important to the heritage of the locality.

Perth Draft Inventory 99-01 YES 31 Dec 1999

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE The following statement, is taken from the gazetted permanent State Register Entry for the place, as the reasons for its cultural heritage significance: Chemistry Centre (fmr), East Perth, comprising the single storey brick and corrugated fibrocement former Materials Science Building constructed in 1952 in a late rendition of the Inter-War Functionalist style and the site of laboratories and offices constructed between 1942 and 1984, has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons:
+ the Materials Science Building is rare in Western Australia for its design, which strongly emulates the international architectural style developed by Dutch architect W. M. Dudok, especially in its external
form, massing and detail;
+ the place was the principal technical centre of the Government Chemical Laboratories (and its successive reorganisations) from 1942 to 2009, and through its scientific work contributed to the development
of Western Australia’s mineral & petroleum resources and agriculture in the post-World War II era, demonstrating the value of chemical analysis to successive State Governments in the post-World War II era;
+ the Materials Science Building is a good representative example of the early influence of the international Modern Movement in State public works under the direction of Principal Architect A.E. (Paddy) Clare;
Landscape elements, other than the planters of the Materials Science Building, are of little significance.

Physical Description

Face brick building with tall brick chimney and iron roof, which is partially obscured. Prismatic form with mostly uninterrupted surfaces. Small horizontal window band in lower half of the external wall.


The Government Chemical Laboratory were designed by the Public Works Department of W.A Architectural Division.





State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9693 Chemistry centre, Perth: conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2010
10286 DRAFT: Chemistry Centre East Perth Archival Record 2011
9722 Chemlabs design guidelines. Report 2010
9708 Chemistry centre, Perth Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2011

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use SCIENTIFIC Laboratory or Research Station
Present Use SCIENTIFIC Laboratory or Research Station

Architectural Styles

Inter-War Stripped Classical
Inter-War Functionalist

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Terracotta Tile
Wall BRICK Face Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Resource exploitation & depletion
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Technology & technological change

Creation Date

04 May 1999

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Last Update

13 Jul 2021


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