Florence Hummerston Kiosk

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Florence Hummerston Kiosk
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The Kiosk as a Chinese restaurant in 2012
Florence Hummerston Kiosk is located in Perth
Florence Hummerston Kiosk
Florence Hummerston Kiosk within Perth, Western Australia
Former names Esplanade Tearooms, Annabella's Nightclub, Florence Hummerston Day Care Centre, The Converted Duke
General information
Status Constructed
Architectural style Federation Arts and Crafts
Location Elizabeth Quay
Town or city Perth
Country Australia
Current tenants Vacant
Opened December 1928
Relocated 2013–15
Cost A₤5,991
Renovation cost A$11m
Owner City of Perth
Design and construction
Architect Louis Cumpston

The Florence Hummerston Kiosk is a building located at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia. The kiosk was originally located on the Perth Esplanade, until being relocated to the foreshore of the Swan River. The kiosk is also known as The Esplanade Kiosk

Site and brief[edit]

The kiosk was built on reclaimed land on the Esplanade Reserve and replaced a grandstand that had been built in 1885. The building was constructed in 1928 as a tearoom and changing room for the adjoining sporting facilities. The kiosk was located on the northern side of the reserve on Bazar Terrace (later renamed The Esplanade).[1]


It was designed by Louis Bowser Cumpston in what was described by its heritage assessment as "a fine example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style, composed of interlocking octagonal forms with elliptical arched windows".[1]


The building was approved in mid-1928 and building was completed for a December 1928 opening. It was built for a cost of A₤5,991.[2]

Later uses[edit]

It has been altered at times by the Perth City Council.[3][4]

Over time it has also been known as, Esplanade Tearooms for most of the 1940s and 1950s, Annabella's Nightclub (1977-1980), Florence Hummerston Day Care Centre (after Florence Hummerston, former City Councillor) (1985-1998), as well as the Salvation Army youth drop-in centre The Converted Duke (1982-1985), and has had other usages as well.[5][6][7]

With the redevelopment of Esplanade Reserve in the early 1970s, the change rooms and public toilets were redesigned internally.


Plans for the 2012 redevelopment of the Esplanade area included dismantling the original building and moving it elsewhere. The newer additions (with lesser heritage values) will be demolished.[8]

In November 2012, the Western Australian government confirmed the kiosk would be reconstructed in an island at the centre of the Elizabeth Quay project.[9] In March 2015 the government confirmed the relocation had cost A$11 million. The cost included a A$7 million compensation payout to the operator of a Chinese restaurant who had a 44-year lease on the building.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Place No: 03850 Esplanade Reserve". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Esplanade improvements.". The West Australian. Perth. 23 October 1928. p. 16. Retrieved 16 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Esplanade improvements.". The West Australian. Perth. 3 March 1928. p. 4. Retrieved 10 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ "Esplanade kiosk.". The Sunday Times. Perth. 21 September 1930. p. 16. Retrieved 10 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "Thistle Club.". The West Australian. Perth. 1 October 1937. p. 12. Retrieved 10 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "Rugby.". The West Australian. Perth. 10 August 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 10 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Coming event.". The West Australian. Perth. 10 June 1952. p. 6. Retrieved 10 March 2012 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "Heritage". Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. 5 April 2012. Archived from the original on 30 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Florence finds new home at Elizabeth Quay". Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. 11 November 2012. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  10. ^ O'Connor, Andrew (12 March 2015). "$11 million cost to relocate heritage-listed kiosk to Elizabeth Quay defended". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

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Coordinates: 31°57′25″S 115°51′29″E / 31.957°S 115.858°E / -31.957; 115.858