Federal Hotel, Fremantle facts for kids
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|Alternative names||Rosie O'Grady's|
|Architectural style||Victorian Free Classical|
|Address||23-25 William Street|
|Town or city||Fremantle|
|Renovated||1904, 1995, 2016|
|Client||James Herbert Jnr|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||George Charles Inskip|
|Main contractor||Jordine and Ruthven|
|Architect||J. H. Eales (1904)
Maxwell Cox Architects (1995)
The three-storey hotel was designed by George Charles Inskip (1840-1931) and built by Jordine and Ruthven for James Herbert Junior (1841-1893). Herbert was the proprietor of the Rockingham Arms and the Freemasons Hotel. Inskip was a Melbourne based architect, who came to Western Australia in 1879 to superintend work on Edmund Blacket’s design for St George's Cathedral, Perth. Inskip subsequently was commissioned to design a new Union Bank in Albany in 1884. Inskip also designed the Union Bank buildings in Perth, Fremantle, Roebourne and Geraldton. At the time it was built, the Federal was described in the press as being “far in advance of anything so far erected in Western Australia and equal to the best in the sister colonies”.
In August 1888 Herbert filed for bankruptcy and the receivers subsequently arranged for the property to be transferred to Alexander Forrest and Sir John Forrest. In 1904, local architect, Joseph Herbert Eales (1864-1957) was responsible for extensive additions to the Federal Hotel, including the front verandahs and the western wing, which extends towards the rear of the premises.
In 1989 the hotel was renamed to Rosie O'Grady's, an Irish themed pub. In 1995 the building underwent internal alterations, reconstruction of the two-storey front verandah and repainting of the front façade, with the works being carried out by Maxwell Cox Architects. Further internal changes were made in 2001.
In January 2016 Rosie O'Grady's closed for business and the hotel was re-opened as the Federal Hotel.
The City of Fremantle included it on their Municipal Inventory on 18 September 2000 and on their Heritage List on 8 March 2007.
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