History of Cathedral Square
The heritage-listed site, which comprises the former government buildings known locally as the State Buildings, has returned the soul of the city to its people after decades of disuse.
Most recently state government offices, the three interconnected State Buildings have housed the Treasury, Premier’s office, the Lands Titles building, Perth’s Post Office and more over their 140-year history. In 1925, the south-east corner of the complex was marked the city’s ‘point zero’ – the geographical marker at which all distances to Perth are measured. The revitalisation of Cathedral Square will see the city’s energy centre once again around its historic heart, with that marker now at the threshold of the lively Cathedral Square retail and dining precinct.
Perth’s burgeoning local economy calls for a more sophisticated hub to serve the needs of both residents and visitors, and the new precinct will anchor a vibrant, cosmopolitan centre for culture, art, community and style.
The refurbished buildings work together, not in isolation – the precinct’s restoration sees the demolition of the old Law Chambers and Playhouse Theatre to open the eastern side of St George’s Cathedral for the first time in decades. In their place stands an open, interactive public plaza between the Cathedral, the State Buildings and the newly built City of Perth Library, for the enjoyment of all visitors.
Artfully combining tradition and modernity, the city’s historic neighbourhood has been returned to the people of Perth.