Adelec Buildings, Fremantle

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Adelec Buildings
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Adelac Buildings 2013
Former names Fothergill's Building
General information
Location 28-36 High Street
Town or city Fremantle
Country Western Australia
Completed 1906
Architectural Federation Free Classical
Design and construction
Architect F.W.Burwell
Main contractor J McCracken

The Adelec Buildings located at 28-36 High Street, on the corner of Henry Street in Fremantle, Western Australia. The heritage listed buildings were constructed in 1906 during the gold boom period by the trustees of Captain Edward Henry Fothergills estate.

For many years 32 High Street was known as Fothergill's Building.[1] The buildings were designed by the architect F.W.Burwell and constructed by J McCracken.

It is a two storey rendered and iron commercial corner building constructed in the Federation Free Classical style of architecture. It was constructed with a bluestone base and brick walls and covered a total area of 90 feet (27 m) by 65 ft (20 m). The rendered walls have an ashlar effect with pilasters incorporating decorative capitols. The first floor has decorative pilasters with stucco arches and a keystone above the semi circular fanlight with two matching timber casement windows located below. There is a corrugated iron hipped roof behind the parapet with the words Adelec Building inscribed on the corner.[2]

There have been many tenants, including The Sunday Times and The Daily News. The Daily News moved their Fremantle offices into the building from further down High Street in 1908.[3]

The buildings are listed on the Register of the National Estate,[4] and are part of the Fremantle West End Heritage area.

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Information from the City of Fremantle Interpretation Plaques and Panels Research Project was used as the basis of this article. This project was completed in May 2002 by historian Kristy Bizzaca, and is available by visiting the City of Fremantle's History Centre.

  1. ^ "Adelec Buildings # 00912". 
  2. ^ "Fothergills building 32 High Street". InHerit. Heritage Council of Western Australia. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Public Notice". The Daily News. XXVII, (10,256). Western Australia. 14 April 1908. p. 8. Retrieved 22 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Adelec Buildings, 26-36 High St, Fremantle, WA, Australia". Australian Heritage Database. Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

Coordinates: 32°03′19″S 115°44′38″E / 32.055219°S 115.743931°E / -32.055219; 115.743931