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Cellars Building, aka Craig's Chambers

10 High St, 1900


Cellars Building centre, Tannatt Chambers to the left

This is commonly known as the Cellars Building from the name of a restaurant which was here in the 1980s - in the cellar. It was built for Frank Craig in 1900, to a design by H. Deane Smith (or Dean), so should more properly be known by Craig's name. Cartoonist Paul Rigby had a restaurant called Roo on the Roof in the cellar in the 1960s. The restaurant was later (or also) known as The Cellars, giving the building its current name. The restaurant is said to have been patronised by gay men, and was the subject of frequent police raids at a time when homosexuality was illegal.
The building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a sailor who was murdered in the attic not long after the building was opened.
Paul Rigby, together with Alec Smith, of the Fremantle Hotel, lobbied Tony Samson to save the Liebler building, nearby in Cliff St. Samson saved only the facade, which still stands.

Designed by E. H. Dean Smith in 1900, as was No. 8 adjacent. The building has two storeys and a cellar on a very narrow frontage. Built for Frank Craig.
The place was Cellars Restaurant in the 1980s.
Currently (2002), Workshop 3S Jewellery.
Three storey painted tucked point brick and rendered building with basement below street level. The basement and ground floors are recessed behind a pilaster fa├žade with simple stucco brackets and the parapet has a highly decorative stucco pediment. The main entrance door and casement windows are arched with timber mullions. The first floor has timber sash windows with decorative stucco above.
The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Old Port City of Fremantle dating from the gold boom period in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The place is significant because, when viewed from the street, it is a substantially intact example of a federation period commercial building which contributes to the very significant Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. Heritage Council.

References and Links

Hutchison, David, Fremantle Walks.

Heritage Council.

Garry Gillard | New: 27 June, 2016 | Now: 7 November, 2019