Blue Lawn created tea towels showing Perth Council House as part of the 50 years commemoration.
Perth Council House was designed by architects Howlett and Bailey, and opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1963 shortly after Perth hosted the Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1962. Ah, Empire!
The building was placed on the State’s Heritage Register circa 2005, after decades of debate about its aesthetics. The office of State Heritage noted it “is a rare intact example of an early 1960s modernist office building in Perth.” In recent years there has been a reassessment of the value of Council House, and the building is now illuminated at night by a multi-coloured light show.
The design for the building was chosen after a competition won by architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey. Don Bailey who is now in his 80s, was in Perth for the anniversary event in late March 2013. He told the audience that Council House was built at great speed as it needed to be finished in time to entertain the dignitaries coming to the games in 1962.
“We had eighteen months from start to finish. . . We had to design it as we went. It was fast track building and you filled in the details just ahead of the builder.”
The City of Perth produced a book and exhibition to mark the building’s 50th anniversary, exploring the history of Council House, displaying the original architectural plans, photographs of its construction and the opening.