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Dilhorn House
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Dilhorn House
General information
Architectural style Federation Queen Anne
Location Perth, Western Australia
Address 2 Bulwer Street
Coordinates 31°56′32″S 115°52′01″E / 31.942312°S 115.866923°E / -31.942312; 115.866923
Current tenants Aurora Environmental
Construction started 1897
Renovated 2001
Cost £4,684
Owner Bert Bennett, Kellie Bennett, Julie Shepherd
Height two storeys
Design and construction
Architecture firm Talbot Hobbs
Renovating team
Architect Considine and Griffiths Architects
Renovating firm Bert Bennett Senior
Awards and prizes TOV Award for Conservation and Adaptation - 2002; WA Heritage Grant for tuck pointing
Designated 11 March 1997
Reference no. 2168

Dilhorn House is a two storey Federation Queen Anne-style building located on the corner of Bulwer and Lord Streets, Perth, Western Australia.


The building was constructed for businessman William Thorley Loton. Loton was a wealthy merchant with large land holdings in the north-west of the state. He was a member of the Western Australian Legislative Council 1889–1890, 1898–1900, 1902–1908, the Mayor of Perth from 1901 to 1903, and knighted in 1923. The name Dilhorn is believed to be a reference to Loton's home town of Dilhorne, Staffordshire. It is a stately two storey brick and timber house, designed by Joseph John Talbot Hobbs and erected in 1897 at a cost of £4,684. It is situated on high ground looking over the Perth Oval to the city. The building has a floor area is 9,433 square feet (876.4 m2) and there are sixteen rooms.

Loton also owned a large area of land opposite, known as Loton's Paddock, which he sold to the City of Perth in 1904, for the purpose of providing recreation for the residents of the area. In 1909, it was renamed Perth Oval and over time has been developed into a sporting stadium.

Loton died at Dilhorn House on 22 October 1924. After Lady Loton’s death in 1927, Dilhorn had various owners and was used as a boarding house.

In 1952 the Commonwealth Government purchased it for £13,000 for the headquarters for various army units and later the Army Museum of Western Australia. In 2001 it was sold to a private buyer.

Current use

Dillhorn House is now occupied by Aurora Environmental.

Heritage listing

Dilhorn was classified by the National Trust of Australia in 1982. The building was entered on the Register of the National Estate in 1986.

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