The Armadale District Hall has been named as a finalist in the 2020 WA Heritage Awards. The historic inter-war Art Deco building was nominated in the category ‘Conservation or Adaptive Reuse of a State Registered Place’.
The conservation of the building, which is located in the civic centre of Armadale, was spurred on by strong support from the local community, who sought to acknowledge the important role that the facility has played in the cultural life of the City of Armadale.
The preservation and detailed restoration of the building followed extensive research and investigations, and was carried out in conjunction with the Burra Charter principles, which guided the works.
City of Armadale Mayor Ruth Butterfield said the community had responded to the renovations extremely positively and were very happy to have such a special facility available for public use.
“The District Hall is set in the heart of Armadale and has been at the centre of community life ever since it first opened its doors in 1936. It has been a popular venue, for all sorts of events from debutant balls to bingo nights, catering for locals and the extended community.
“This recognition is a fitting acknowledgment of the significant work of those involved.”
Other finalists in the category include: Aquinas College Chapel, Bebo Moro (Guilford), Boulder Town Halls and Offices, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and Quarters, Ellensbrook at Mokidup, Fairbridge Farm School (Chapel Conservation Works) and The Royal Hotel (Raine Square).
The WA Minister for Heritage, David Templeman, will announce the winners via a media statement later this month.