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Robert Harper Building, aka Jebsens

49 Phillimore St, from 1890

Steve Doig's excellent photograph: thanks.

Also: Genesis Travel, Norwegian Jebsens Shipping & Travel Company

robert harper mapHistory
The Jebsens Building stands on the corner of Phillimore and Pakenham Streets and is a landmark. Formerly the Robert Harper Building, the building is a combination of warehouse and offices. Some changes to the facade were made in the 1990s.
Statement of Significance
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 of aesthetic significance as a fine example of a substantial commercial building in the Inter-War Stripped Classical style. The place is a significant landmark in the Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust.

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Skip Watkins' 1985 photo: Jebsens, after Robert Harper, before Genesis Travel

Physical Description
Two storey and basement, painted brick and rendered corner building with a zero setback from the pavement. The building has a bracketed parapet and a dome above the rounded corner, which is covered with lead sheets. The main entrance has a stucco arch and glazed paneled doors with a stained leadlight glass fanlight, the windows have prominent stucco mullions flanked by engaged pilasters. Heritage Council.

Robert Harper traded in flour, inter alia, and sold Harper's Empire brand self-raising flour.

References and Links

Heritage Council.

Cook, Peter, RH bio, ADB.

Notes about the building in Fremantle, the newsletter of the Fremantle Society: Vol 4 No 1 1976Vol 5 No 1 1977.


Garry Gillard | New: 25 March, 2016 | Now: 7 May, 2016