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1954: Plans for the New Club Building Revealed

The new building, at 7-9 Henry St, was opened in 1956. There is much more detail about the building in the booklet which was published at the time of the opening.

Architecture And Real Estate


(By K.O.M.)

The Fremantle Workers' Social and Leisure Club (Inc.), which is 40 years old will soon start the building of new £58,820 club rooms in Henry-street
The structure and internal fittings will be of a high standard and will cost over £500 a square.
Old buildings on the site, which is about 100yds south of the existing club premises, have been demolished and work on the new structure is expected to begin next month.
The main floor of 8,200 sq. ft. will include a main club room, billiard room, darts room, visitors room, office and committee room, card room, library and reading room, change-room, barber shop, kitchen and a snack bar.
There will also be general storage rooms, toilets and a refrigerated cool chamber.
The structural framework will be of reinforced concrete, steel and brick panel walls and has been designed to take two more upper floors.
Durable Fittings
The finishing materials have been chosen for durability and appearance and will include ceramic wall tiles externally and internally, ceramic rubber lino and asphalt floor tiles, steel door and window frames with a stainless steel and aluminium trim in the entrance lobby and principal rooms.
Mechanical ventilation will be installed in the 77ft. by 34ft. bar and the billiard room.
Ceilings of the principal rooms will be acoustically treated.
Indirect fluorescent tube lighting will be used and direct lighting will be located in positions where concentrated light is needed.
Mechanical and electrical equipment will include an electrically operated lift from the refrigerated cool chamber to the bar, refrigerated storage cabinets, a public-address system and a water bore from which water will be pumped to flow in a trough in front of the full length of the bar.
The architect is Mr. J. W. Johnson and the builder is T. S. Plunkett Pty. Ltd.
The secretary of the club (Mr. Keith Hough) said yesterday that after the move had been made to the new club rooms in about June, 1955, the existing building would be offered for sale.

The West Australian [Perth], 29 May 1954: 8

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