New slate roof is the key to town hall restoration
The port city of Fremantle isn’t only famed for its prison (now a museum). Its Victorian era town hall is another notable landmark, which has been lovingly restored. Here’s how the clock tower was prior to restoration. Image by Sean Lean (via Shutterstock).
Thanks to a team of slate roofers, stonemasons, lead workers and plasterers, Fremantle town hall has been restored to its former glory. Opening in 1887, the Victorian era building has seen the addition of a new slate roof. Exterior paint, dating from the 1960s, has been stripped, showing off its finely detailed stonework.
The regeneration work costed A$3.1 million (£1,791,611.52) to complete. In addition to its new slate roof and paint removal, its clock was also restored. As a result of the paint stripping works, the building’s stucco finish has been revealed. For many people living in Fremantle, this is the first time they have seen the stucco work properly.
250 people made the A$3.1 million project possible. Its terracotta tiles have been replaced with Welsh slate tiles. On the turrets, its finials were rebuilt, with a little help from archival photographs and a craftsperson in Adelaide.