Demolition works have begun at the Pavilion Markets site and the main markets building will be knocked down in early May.
The redevelopment project symbolises the start of a new story for the landmark site, but the history of Subiaco’s famous markets will be preserved at Subiaco Museum.
Recognisable signage from inside the markets has been donated to the museum collection and plans to feature the artefacts in a long-term display are in progress.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said markets, in many forms, had been an important part of Subiaco’s story for the past 100 years.
“The Pavilion Markets was a meeting place for all people, a destination where families spent their weekends, friends met up in the food hall and where tourists visited.”
“While this important acquisition for Subiaco Museum honours the physical heritage of the site, it’s the intangible history – the memories and experiences – that will continue to be preserved by people all across Perth,” she said.
The Pavilion Markets site is the historic home of the first residential house built in the Subiaco municipality by visionary John Rowland Jones. The house was somewhat of a landmark for the area and stood in isolation for more than eight years. A boutique display currently on show at Subiaco Museum explores the extreme challenges faced by Jones before and during construction which was later dubbed ‘Jones’s Folly’.
To learn more about the history of the site, visit Subiaco Museum between 1pm and 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. For a glimpse inside the old Pavilion Markets, check out this excerpt from Subiaco Museum's local history project Subiaco Markets where community meets.
Pictured: Paul Blackburne donates Pavilion Markets artefacts to Subiaco Museum Coordinator, Rosemary Fitzgerald.