City of Fremantle

Place Number



96 Solomon St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1904, Constructed from 1903

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 3

Statement of Significance

Duplex, 96-98 Solomon Street, is a typical single storey limestone and iron duplex dating from 1903. The place has aesthetic value for its contribution to the streetscape and the surrounding area. It is representative of the typical building stock located within the residential areas of Fremantle. It is historically significant as a representation of typical workers' houses in the Fremantle area. The place is an example of the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture.

Physical Description

96-98 Solomon Street is a single storey limestone and corrugated iron single faced attached pair constructed in the Federation Queen Anne style of architecture. The walls are limestone. The roof is gabled and clad with corrugated iron and the gable has decorative timber finials and features. There are two tall chimneys evident. The verandah is under a separate corrugated iron roof supported by cement pillars with masonry wall balustrade. The house is elevated from street level. The asymmetrical front façade has double hung sash windows. There is a limestone and timber wall to the front boundary line with a timber gate.


Solomon Street was originally known as Mary Street, gazetted in 1905. It changed its name in 1951/52 to honour Elias Solomon, a Fremantle merchant and politician who built a house and lived in this street. Solomon was a Town Councillor 1878-1880, 1883-1886, Mayor in 1889-1891, 1896-98 and 1900-01. He was a state parliamentarian, MLA for the seat of South Fremantle 1892-1901, then transferred to Federal Politics with a seat in the House of Representatives from 1901-1903. Solomon was the first Member for Fremantle in the Federal Government. The duplex 96-98 Solomon Street used to be numbered 182-184 Mary St. Sewerage Diagram no.74 June 1908 shows a duplex pair at 182/184 being of brick construction with a front verandah that wraps around one side of each and a small rear verandah on each. Each has a stone outbuilding and closet close to the house. The 1913-14 rate book shows 182/184 as part 1 of 782 as a pair of cottages owned by Frank Biddles, occupied by David John Scott (182) and William Henry Carpenter (184). This place was identified by the Fremantle Society in 1979/80 as being of cultural heritage significance. (Coded: Red: "Significantly contributing to the unique character of Fremantle")


High degree of integrity (original intent clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability). Medium degree of authenticity with some original fabric remaining. (These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as good (assessed from streetscape survey only).

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Conjoined residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

20 Jul 2011

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Last Update

19 Feb 2020


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