Architecture of Bridgetown

Hampton Street

The main street of Bridgetown is named in honour of J.S. Hampton who successfully had the town proclaimed in 1868.

Old Gaol and Police Quarters

Architecture of Bridgetown, Old Gaol and Police Quarters, Western Australia

The town's first police station was located down by the Blackwood River but in 1880 a new one was built on Hampton Street (this now being the old gaol!).The old gaol included the police quarters which was first occupied by Constable John Bovell in 1880. The gaol had two cells, a kitchen and an exercise yard. The gaol was used right up until the 1970's when a new police station (but less attractive one) was built. The police quarters were used by the police until the 1980's.

Post Office

Architecture of Bridgetown, Post Office, Western Australia

Originally known as the "Post and Telegraph" office, the Bridgetown GPO was built in 1890. Prior to this the postal service was run from the Bridgedale homestead by John Blechynden in Geegelup. Mail came into town by horse and coach from Donnybrook. In 1895 a regular mail service operated between Greenbushes and Bridgetown and when the railway was completed in 1898, mail would come in twice a week. The Bridgetown Post Office was built in Federation Free Classical style.

Bridgetown Hotel

Architecture of Bridgetown, Bridgetown Hotel, Western Australia

The Bridgetown Hotel was built in the 1920's to replace the original hotel known as the Dawes (later the Cowan Hotel). The original hotel was built from mud bricks and was situated just below street level, making it a steep step to the beer. When the new hotel was built, remnants of the original hotel were incorporated into the design. The hotel was built in Federation Filigree style. The interior of the hotel features a jarrah staircase, pressed metal ceilings and a fireplace.

Town Hall

Architecture of Bridgetown, Town Hall, Western Australia

Replacing the Mechanics Institute Hall, the Town Hall and Administration offices were built in 1936 by W & WC Moyes. The original hall was built by Joseph Smith.The building has a blending of several architectural styles from Inter-war to Federation Free Classical with later additions being of Post-Modern style. The Town Hall became the epicentre of the towns social gatherings during the 1940's and 50's when the hall housed the local movie theatre. The building also included a large hall, road board offices and the Commonwealth Banking Chambers.

Freemasons Hotel

Architecture of Bridgetown, Freemasons Hotel, Western Australia

Taking up the corner of Steere and Hampton Street is the Freemason Hotel, built by the Bunnings brothers between 1904-1907. Retaining most of its original construction this fine old hotel once boasted 15 bedrooms, two dining rooms, a drawing and smoking room, gas lighting and best of all hot running water so you could really enjoy the plunge bath. Outside were stables and garages. It was built in Federation Filigree style (with Inter-war Art Deco additions) and features red tuck pointed brick, corbelled chimneys and gabled roof line.

Commercial Bank of Australia

Architecture of Bridgetown, Commercial Bank of Australia, Western Australia

This Federation Free style building was constructed in 1909 to become a branch of the Commercial Bank of Australia.

Bank of New South Wales

Architecture of Bridgetown, Bank of New South Wales, Western Australia

This building was constructed in 1938 to become a branch of the Bank of New South Wales. It was built in Inter-war classical style. Today the building still functions as a bank but is now Westpac.

Blackwood Pharmacy

Architecture of Bridgetown, Blackwood Pharmacy, Western Australia

The Blackwood Pharmacy building was constructed in 1908 and it was one of several places for locals to purchase medication.

Solicitor's Office

Architecture of Bridgetown, Solicitor's Office, Western Australia

This old brick building was constructed in the early 1900's to house the local solicitor. Built in Federation style it features a gabled tin roof and face brick with rendered bands.

National Bank Building

Architecture of Bridgetown, National Bank Building, Western Australia

The National Bank building was built around 1910 and is indicative of bank construction of the time. By the 1970's the bank was no longer in use and is now occupied by commercial businesses.

Masonic Lodge

Architecture of Bridgetown, Masonic Lodge no 60, Western Australia

Just about every town, big or small, in Western Australia has a Masonic Lodge. The Bridgetown lodge is known as the Nelson Freemasons Lodge No 60 of the WA Chapter. The chapter was founded in 1899 (under the Scottish Constitution) by nine local freemasons. The lodge was built in 1910 and features a gabled roof with a ventilation turret.

Scotts Hotel

Architecture of Bridgetown, Scotts Hotel, Western AustraliaAustralia

The first licensed public house in Bridgetown lasted less than a year, due to a disgruntled settler. The settler on discovering that the owner , Mr Phillips, was serving his shepherds alcohol (must have been a no no) put in an official complaint and the licence was terminated. A smart thinking local, Henry Doust, bought Mr Phillip's Stock and built the Farmers' Home Hotel. The original hotel was single storey, featuring a small bar and a few small rooms, however a second storey was added later and it featured ornate verandahs. Tabs were kept at the bar for the regulars and at the end of each month the accounts were settled for not only the drinks but the hay consumed by their horses. A special room was built for the medical officers who would often come into town to give vaccinations and tend to the medical needs of the locals. In 1890, Mr Doust, leased the property to James Scott for a three year period but following World War I, Mr Scott purchased the hotel . It continued to operate as a hotel up until the 1980's when it became a tavern.

Maslin House

Architecture of Bridgetown, Maslin House, Western Australia

Maslin House was built in 1870, out of hand made bricks. The original owners were the Maslin family. Elizabeth Maslin,who was a local midwife, used the house as a 'lying-in house' for pregnant women. Many locals were born under the Malin House roof. The house was later owned by a Macedonian woman, Mrs Keremelevich, who opened it up as a boarding house and shop. The building became known as the 'Macedonia House' where up to 30 men at a time occupied the premises. The house became so popular it was not unusual to see beds lining the verandah or men sleeping in the bathroom. The Macedonia House closed in the 1950's and a number of restaurants opened up that was until 1984 when it became the Bridgetown Pottery and Tearooms. The house features hand cut floorboards and a pressed metal ceiling in the middle room.

Old Cider Factory

Architecture of Bridgetown, Old Cider Factory, Western Australia

The Old Cider Factory was built around the 1890's, but it didn't become a cider factory until 1918. Unfortunately the factory didn't last long and later became a jam factory. Following the jam factory it became a second hand shop, before becoming a restaurant.

Nelson House

Architecture of Bridgetown, Nelson House, Western Australia

The Nelson House was built in the 1890's as the 'Warners Hotel' and featured a public bar. Unfortunately it was a little too far from the centre of town and the railway station to have any real success (especially as a bar). The owners later turned the premises into a boarding house and a small doctor's surgery. Left abandoned for some time, it became the official haunted house of Bridgetown (every town has one). During World War II it housed Italian interns. Today it is a motel and restaurant.

St Paul's Anglican Church

Architecture of Bridgetown, St Paul's Anglican Church, Western Australia

The first Anglican church to built in Bridgetown was a small wooden structure on Rowley Street which would later become the parish hall. St Paul's was built in 1911. One of the most unique features of the church is the lychgate which you walk through to enter. The lychgate is one of only a few that still exist in Western Australia. The gate was where the coffin was rested prior to the burial. Many of the works inside the church were created by Gordon Holdsworth, who lived in the town for over fifty years. Holdsworth was also responsible for the war memorials in both Bridgetown and Greenbushes.

Henry's House

Architecture of Bridgetown, Henry's House, Western Australia

Henry's House, set back and down on Hampton Street, was built in the 1890's by John Moriarity, the local blacksmith. The house has always been in the hands of private owners.

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