The building


120 years old

St Alban’s historic building, sometimes referred to as the ‘Ivy-covered Church’, is a well known and long standing landmark in Perth. St Alban’s is registered with the Heritage Council of WA and is on the National Trust of Australia’s ‘Classified’ list.

Why is it important? St Alban’s is the first religious building designed by the famous architect Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs. It still maintains a high degree of authenticity even though it is now over 120 years old (founded on 27 Feb 1889). It has simple Victorian Romanesque design with stone construction, red brick buttresses, gabled roof and a small bellcote. Being well set back from the street and surrounded by lawns and gardens with mature trees contribute to the aesthetic qualities.

You enter through round-arched solid jarrah doors hinged with decorative cast iron straps. The interior has an open spaciousness which is quite unusual. Additional height is due to the gabled rood sections over both side extensions as well as the nave. The ceiling is timber panelled with exposed jarrah beams, supported by octagonal columns with scissor trusses and collar ties. You can also see the early-era furniture, particularly the pulpit and altar, both beautifully decorative and richly carved.

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