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Lewis building

2-6 Market St, 1915

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I'm calling this the Lewis building because it was built for him, and seems never to have had any other name. It has the lowest number in the street: 2-6. If there were a number 1 it would be where Pioneer Park now is. It currently houses a coffee shop called Il Cibo - there have many similar establishments there - and a didgeridoo shop. Heritage Council description:

History
On 18 November 1915, building plans were approved and passed by Council for shops on the corner of Market and Bay streets (now Elder Place), replacing a house. The building was erected for the cost of £5,000 for Ivan G. Lewis Esq. RAIA award. Currently (2002), Da Rocha's Restaurant & café, Pigeon Restaurant and The Alchemy, a herbal shop.
Physical description
Two storey painted and highly decorative rendered brick corner building with a zero setback from the pavement. The first floor façade features a highly decorative parapet and pediment, with decorative pilasters and stucco between the windows. The ground floor has a veranda awning (probably not original) with metal framing and a corrugated iron roof.
Statement of Significance
The place is of historic significance as an example of a commercial building in the Fremantle Town Centre dating from the early decades of the twentieth century. The place is a fine example of a Federation Free Style building, with elaborate stucco decoration above the ground floor level, that makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. Awning and shop fronts are not significant.

There is currently a shop of some kind at 4 Market. At one point the Golden Falcon Chinese Restaurant was the tenant:

golden falcon

References and Links

Heritage Council entry for the Lewis building 2-6 Market St

Golden Falcon card courtesy of Sam Spadaro


Garry Gillard | New: 19 July, 2016 | Now: 20 July, 2016