St George's Cathedral Perth Interior

St George’s Cathedral Perth

St George’s Cathedral Perth was built between 1879 and 1888 the cathedral is situated at the corner of St George’s Terrace and Cathedral Avenue at the heart of Perth’s heritage precinct, which includes the nearby Treasury Buildings and the Town Hall. It replaced an earlier building immediately to the north-east of the present one. The cathedral is described in the Western Australian State Heritage Register as being a church in the Victorian Academic style, built of locally-made brick, limestone from Rottnest Island and Western Australian jarrah. The pitched roof was originally covered with slates; these were replaced by tiles in the 1950s because the original roof leaked. A central nave, with a timber vaulted roof supported by hammerbeams, has an aisle on each side and a rose window dominating its western end. The rose coloured brick interior of the cathedral is simple but elegant. The State Heritage Register assessment describes the intersecting beams over the crossing as “impressive in their lightness and grace” and providing a “subdued but elegant decoration to the building”. The present cathedral was designed by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket, the pre-eminent architect of his age in New South Wales.

The site is near the “Rush Church”, the first church built in Perth by Frederick Irwin, in December 1829, a few months after the city was founded.From 2005 to 2008 the cathedral was extensively restored with the tile roof replaced by slates as originally built. Earthquake protection was added to two walls to provide bracing and much other work was undertaken.St George’s Cathedral has become noted for its innovative and controversial theological teaching, popular preaching, commitment to inter-faith worship and music.The cathedral is on the Permanent Register of the Western Australian Heritage Register, is classified by the National Trust WA and is entered into the Register of the National Estate by the Australian Heritage Commission.