Wednesday, 01 June 2022

Restoration project given green light

Subiaco Library is set to be restored to its former glory and preserved for generations to come after Council green lighted a new project this week.

Subiaco Library (E H Parker Library) is a landmark building in Subiaco but past landscape and design choices coupled with rising damp has resulted in a decline in the condition of the exterior of the building.

The new project will restore, remediate and ultimately enhance the exterior of this important building that forms part of the City’s Local Heritage Register.

The project team expects to release a tender to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced heritage building contractor next financial year, with City staff to explore grant funding opportunities to help pay for the works.
For more information, see the May Ordinary Council Meeting agenda.

A brief history of the library:
  • The library was designed by architects Silver Goldberg
  • It was opened on 25 February 1971
  • At the time, it was the most aggressively modern building in Subiaco
  • In 2002, the library underwent alterations and additions including the addition of a lift and air-conditioning, and the conversion of the former entry and function room into the children’s library
  • When the library was re-opened in April 2002, it was dedicated to Evelyn H Parker – former Mayor of Subiaco and the first woman Mayor in Western Australia
  • In 2019, the interior of the library was refurbished to bring it up-to-date with community expectations and needs
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