To the casual observer this looks like a pretty boring photo. Part of a building facade with the number 129.
However if you have read this blog lately, you may have noticed a slight obsession with the redevelopment of my old workplace, Newspaper House, formerly of 125 St Georges Tce.
Well, if you take a stroll past the revitalised buildings (Newspaper House, WA Trustees, Royal Insurance) that house restaurants The Trustee and The Heritage, plus assorted pop up shops – you will find there is no longer a 125.
So I did what any good journalist would do, and Googled for the answer.
It would appear that 125 is now the address of the Brookfield Place redevelopment featuring the City Square tower, home of BHP Billiton.
It will also soon be home to The Print Hall restaurant and bar complex which I simply cannot wait to visit, partly for the food and partly for the view of the Swan River which we never truly appreciated from our old canteen.
Somehow I doubt I’ll hear anyone calling out “salmon sammich ready” or that any restaurant will be serving chips and gravy.
St Georges definitely looks like it will be the place to be this spring and summer.
My last few posts have mostly been about places I have visited on my travels.
Today, I decided it was time for a trip into Perth, not having been into the heart of the city for a few months.
I was surprised a few weeks ago when my hair dresser told me she hadn’t been to town for about three years.
Three years! So much can change in three months!
Perth’s track record of failing to preserve its heritage buildings has long been of disappointment, so the new Brookfield Place development in and around the original Newspaper House building at 125 St Georges Tce has long had my interest.
Although it appears only the facade and perhaps a small segment of the building (and the adjoining Royal Insurance and WA Trustees) remains, it is a far more attractive proposition than the gaping hole in the ground that ran from the Terrace to Mounts Bay Road for many years.
Having started my journalistic career at 125 St Georges Tce I can’t wait to take a look inside restaurants The Trustee and Heritage (thought they opened seven days for breakfast – oops – closed today!) and to dine at The Print Hall when it opens later this year.
The dining and coffee options are so much more sophisticated than 1987, when the Newspaper House arcade had from memory, perhaps a tea room/shop and we had our much maligned cafeteria. “Salmon sammich ready!” If only we’d taken more time to appreciate the views.
So, here are a few snaps of the changing face of the Terrace. If only I had some old snaps from my days at 125…possibly in a box in the shed!?
Changing face of St Georges Tce
The clock is again ticking at Newspaper House in St Georges Tce, Perth
Back to life….Newspaper House, St Georges Tce, Perth