Most visitors to Fremantle’s historic West End climb the steps to the Round House.
Once there, most of them take The Photograph. The Instagram Shot. The one looking back east up High Street.
And there is something wrong with every one of those snaps. The turret on the Fremantle Hotel is missing.
And so is the clocktower on the P&O Hotel.
It looks obviously wrong: the turret and clocktower are key elements whose absence from the scene damage the authenticity of the turn-of-the-twentieth-century vista.
It would not be cheap, but it can fixed. Witness the brilliant restoration carried out by Murray Slavin on the Dalgety building on the corner of Phillimore and Cliff Streets, Fremantle, now Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Aussie headquarters.
It’s time for restoration action!
* Garry Gillard publishes Fremantle Stuff and you’ll find his extensive information on Fremantle Hotels right here.
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