The Esplanade Kiosk

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The Kiosk had been used as a Chinese restaurant since the early 1990s.

The Esplanade Kiosk also known as the Esplanade Tearooms for most of the 1940s and 1950s, was constructed in 1927 as a tearoom and changing room, on the northern side of The Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia. Its heritage assessment states that is "a fine example of the Federation Arts and Crafts style, composed of interlocking octagonal forms with elliptical arched windows".[1]

It was designed by Louis Cumpston and built for a cost of ₤5,991.[2] It has been altered at times by the Perth City Council.[3][4]

Over time it has also been known as, 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. It is currently a restaurant.

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

On 11 November 2012 the State Government confirmed the historic Florence Hummerston Kiosk would be reconstructed and incorporated into the island at the centre of the Elizabeth Quay project.[9] On 12 March 2015, the State Government defended the $11 million cost of closing, dismantling and relocating the kiosk to Perth's Elizabeth Quay.[10]


  1. ^ "Place No: 03850 Esplanade Reserve". 
  2. ^ "ESPLANADE IMPROVEMENTS.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 23 October 1928. p. 16. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "ESPLANADE IMPROVEMENTS.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 3 March 1928. p. 4. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "ESPLANADE KIOSK.". The Sunday Times (Perth: National Library of Australia). 21 September 1930. p. 16. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "THISTLE CLUB.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 1 October 1937. p. 12. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "RUGBY.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 10 August 1932. p. 5. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "COMING EVENT.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 10 June 1952. p. 6. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Heritage". Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Florence finds new home at Elizabeth Quay". Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
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Coordinates: 31°57′25″S 115°51′29″E / 31.957°S 115.858°E / -31.957; 115.858