This publication explores the history of Council House, the home of the City of Perth since 1963. From its beginning, arising from a competition held in 1959, the building has engendered controversy and acclaim, becoming in its subsequent 50 year history an iconic building for Perth.
Despite providing an excellent example of Modernist office design; in the mid 1990s the State Government pushed to demolish the building, saying it did not fit within a proposed ‘heritage’ plan for the area. A spirited campaign by architects spearheaded a public debate about what was considered heritage. This inspired within the community a desire to save the building. The campaign was successful and Council staff returned to the refurbished building in 1999. Council House now occupies a special place in the heart of many West Australians and was entered on the State Heritage Register in 2006.
To complement the modernist aesthetic of the building, architects Howard and Bailey commissioned local designers and manufacturers to create the interior design and furnishings in 1963. To commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Council House, the City of Perth commissioned five contemporary local artists to create unique artworks, based on the history of Council House, to be given as corporate gifts during 2013.
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