Fremantle Railway Station

Author

City of Fremantle

Place Number

00974

Location

Phillimore St Fremantle

Location Details

ALSO PART OF 840 WEST END CONSERVATION AREA

Local Government

Fremantle

Region

Metropolitan

Construction Date

Constructed from 1881

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Registered 21 Sep 2001 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1A
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978
Statewide Railway Heritage Surve Completed 01 Mar 1994
Classified by the National Trust Classified 01 Apr 1974

Statement of Significance

Fremantle Railway Station comprising a large, single storey, rectangular building in the Federation Free Classical style; platform; rail tracks; and, a single storey hexagonal structure has cultural heritage significance for the following reasons: the place, is a fine example of a building designed in the Federation Free Classical Style, and featuring the rare example of a large train hall roof, generous entrance hall with imposing arched windows, and particularly finely detailed wrought-iron station gates; the place is historically linked with Fremantle’s maritime history and its imposing style serves as an important reminder of the historical importance of Fremantle as Western Australia’s principal twentieth century port town. It is one of a number of important buildings associated with rail, port and maritime operations built in the early 1900s to serve the town as it grew following the construction of the harbour; the site has historic value as the former location of the State Railway Workshops, prior to their relocation to Midland in 1904; and the place is a landmark in Phillimore Street and an integral component of a commercial maritime precinct that forms one of the mainly gold boom streetscapes in the West End of Fremantle. The place has elements that are considered to be of little cultural heritage significance or intrusive including: a single storey station relay room, a footbridge; Transperth bus shelters, signs and seats; kiosk; bus shelters and seats; remnant spandrel linings and roof valance; and the northern platform extension. (extracted from the Heritage Council’s Register documentation for the place)

Physical Description

Phillimore Street is included within the West End Conservation Area and extends in a south west to north east direction from Cliff Street and extending to Elder place. 28 Phillimore Street is located on the western side of Phillimore Street. Fremantle Railway Station (1907) comprises a large, single storey, asymmetrical and rectangular building in Federation Free Classical style; platform; rail tracks; and, a single storey hexagonal structure, the place is a fine example of a building designed in the Federation Free Classical Style, and featuring the rare example of a large train-hall roof, generous entrance hall with imposing arched windows, and particularly finely detailed wrought-iron station gates. The building sits on a plinth of rock faced stonework and two courses of large coursed stone. The decorative parapet also features three swans either side and above the arched entrance. The facade is constructed from Donnybrook sandstone and red brickwork, which has been painted although the finishes surrounding the entrance portion has previously been restored to original details. Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation. A Heritage Assessment was prepared in Feb 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for stage 3 of the conservation works to the external façade of the building.

History

Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation. A Heritage Assessment was prepared in Feb 2010 by the City of Fremantle for a DA submission to Council for stage 3 of the conservation works to the external façade of the building.

Integrity/Authenticity

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

Condition

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

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
11463 A callboy's calling on the WAGR Journal article 2016
6043 Phillimore Street footbridge, Fremantle : archival record. Report 2002
7467 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005
9716 Electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Western Australia: representation on the register of heritage places. Brochure 2007
5711 Fremantle Railway Station + Bus Interchange : Westrail feasibility study. Report 2000
4041 Fremantle Railway Station Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1999
5281 Heritage report : Phillimore Street footbridge / prepared for WAGR Commission by Heritage and Conservation Professionals. Heritage Study {Other} 2002

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Other
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Railway Station
Present Use Transport\Communications Rail: Railway Station

Architectural Styles

Style
Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Painted Brick
Wall STONE Donnybrook Sandstone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Depression & boom
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

21 Mar 2019

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