We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Fremantle is on the up and the five million dollar restoration of the heritage buildings of the old Fremantle Court is just the proof we needed.
With The Old Synagogue opening, the launch of The Sunshine Harvester Works, FOMO Freo set for completion this year and a swanky hotel coming to the east end of Fremantle, we thought that would be enough for a while, but we’re pretty excited about this new redevelopment.
After sitting empty for the last 10 years, the old Fremantle Court is about to see new life with a bar, restaurant, six-storey hotel and boutique businesses taking up residence in the old warders’ cottages which were originally built by convicts.
The bar, restaurant and alfresco area has just been granted a liquor license, kicking off the process which has been a long time coming and will see Karl Bullers—co-owner of Fremantle’s National Hotel—bring on Slavin Architects to breathe new life into the area.
“There is a lot of work ahead in bringing these significant old buildings back to life.”
“Our plans include maintaining the immense feeling of space created by the 6m ceilings in the courtrooms,” said Mr Buller.
One of the old courtrooms is set to become a bar—aptly named Old Courthouse—which will lead out to a 450-person garden area. They'll be serving food and drink with Little Creatures beers on tap including a special recipe created just for the Old Courthouse. The second courtroom will become a 100-person restaurant which Mr Buller says will be a bit different from what people have come to know in Fremantle—watch this space for more details on that.
While things are a bit up in the air right now, they’re hoping the Old Courthouse will be open to the public by 2021. Keep up to date here.
Need more things to look forward to? Check out the massive redevelopment plans for the Perth Power Station.
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