Heritage Recognition For Hale School Memorial Hall

  • Hale School Memorial Hall added to State Register of Heritage Places
  • Hall was built to honour students who died in war
  • Recognised as first building in Australia to be constructed in Brutalist style

Heritage Minister David Templeman today announced the inclusion of Hale School Memorial Hall in the State Register of Heritage Places.

As the first Brutalist style building constructed in Australia, the inclusion of the Hall recognises its significant contribution to the evolution of Western Australian contemporary architecture. It was also the first Australian building to demonstrate the use of off-form concrete using the Bton Brut construction method.

Constructed in 1960-61 and designed by prominent Western Australian architect Anthony Brand, Hale School Memorial Hall was originally built to honour Hale students who lost their lives in war.

The Hall’s striking design was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Bronze medal (1959-1961) and the Architecture and Arts Australian Building of the Year in 1962, for its pioneering construction achievement.

The architectural style is reflected in other well-known Western Australian landmark developments including Perth Concert Hall and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Comments attributed to Heritage Minister David Templeman:

“Hale School Memorial Hall is a symbolic landmark for the school’s past and present students, teachers and staff and it continues to be a special place for the wider Hale School community.

“In the 1960s, the Hall’s bold Brutalist style was ground-breaking both in its design and construction method, which has been recognised nationally and internationally.

“The Hall’s inclusion on the State Register recognises its unique history and ensures it continues to be valued for future generations.”

Comments attributed to Churchlands MLA Christine Tonkin:

“I’m delighted to hear that Hale School Memorial Hall has been included in the State Register of Heritage Places, it is a well-loved local landmark and has an important place in our history.

“I know many locals will be very happy to hear this news, as it ensures that this special landmark will be preserved for future generations.”

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