Monday, February 6, 2012

A whole lot of luck and a little bit of 'sassy'.....!

Walking up along Riverside Drive towards the city we come across the WA Rowing Club, a feature of the Perth City landscape since 1905 when it was built. It was almost lost in 1960 when the State Government river reclamation program threatened to see it demolished and again in the 1990's it fell into disrepair which few could see it recovering from. Thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly to restore it, it's now the fantastic building it was in it's hey day and the only remaining rowing club left in the Perth CBD district from the many that lined the Swan River. Thankfully it's now on the State's Heritage list and is a thriving and successful club, rowing is huge in WA and I'm determined to get down there early one morning and catch them 'enthusiastically' at practice....Just to the side adjoining the Rowing Club is Sassy's on the Swan, which according to the rowers serves the best breakfast in town after training, the closest too for sure!!
and lastly a view of the back of the rowing club showing the decks where the rowers take off and come back to, with a view of hotels and apartment blocks (what fabulous views they'd have) to the east of the city....A new week starts, let's hope it's a good one.....!!

31 comments:

  1. Growing up in Philadelphia we used to see the rowers in their sculls from the Rowing Clubs much like this one!

    BTW: What DAY is this? LOL!
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  2. A great location for a rowing club Grace and a credit to those who put in the hard-yard to restore it. I'm not into rowing but coffee at Sassy's while watching rowers now that's more my style.
    Have a great week and keep safe.

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  3. Enjoyed the history - looks like a great place to have a cuppa! Enjoy your day!

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  4. I agree with Dianne! It is a great location and Sassy's looks like a great place and definitely more my style as well. I would love to watch the rowers, too. Interesting history and terrific captures! Hope you have a great week, Grace!

    Sylvia

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  5. Must be like an oasis.

    Please have a good new week ahead.

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  6. I love to go downtown to the lakeshore here and watch the rowers in summer - you will have to go and show us some pics. Love the old building!

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  7. Wonderful old building. I love the last shot.

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  8. Wonderful shots of the place. I am glad it has been protected.

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  9. I know this is a popular sport in some parts of the world but it seems to me to be a mixture of meditation and exhaustion. Maybe that's a worthwhile goal.

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  10. We actually have a rowing club here in Arizona. In Tempe the home of Arizona State University. They practice on Tempe Town Lake the water that is dammed up by the inflatable dam that I had on my site a while back. I've seen them out rowing many times when I've traveled past the lake.

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  11. Lovely that the building was protected and is now heritage. I love a city with a bit of history and it´s sad when old buildings get demolished to make way for huge towers with no character.

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  12. It certainly looks a serene place to be. More historic buildings like this one need to be protected by a heritage listing :-).

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  13. What a lovely old building. And the kind which, I'm ashamed to admit, often gets overlooked here in the UK.

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  14. We'll never be thankfull enough to all volunteers all over the world who are able to save old buildings!This one is full of charm,and certainly adds beauty to the place.

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  15. Trust Malyss to steal my thoughts... ;-) I'm ready for breakfast all over again, why is it closed? :-)

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  16. Nice building, nice shot Perth!

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  17. Rowing seems just a little bit too energetic right now, so I'll just stop off at Sassy's and wait for you to finish taking pictures! What a fantastic job they have done on saving this lovely club. Have a great week Grace.

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  18. beautiful captures!
    heres to a lovely week ahead!!

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  19. Very nice place with a quite funny name...

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  20. Wonderful looking building,Grace.
    They can be proud of it.

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  21. It always pleases «Louis» to read that an historical building has been preserved.

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  22. Now that it's a heritage sit it should never come so close to its demise again! Yes, get some photos of the rowers!

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  23. Like "Louis" I too love to see historical buildings being restored/preserved .. and I love that you have a Riverside Drive .. I live just off our Riverside Drive here in NYC .. you need to come visit ... I need to go visit ... maybe we can meet in the middle ;-)

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  24. What a picturesque boat house - wonderful first shot.

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  25. It is a lovely building and a treasure. So good that it was restored and is in use. I'd love to see some rowing photos. What a gorgeous area it is in which you live!

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  26. Can't halp but feel that building would make a great restaurant.

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  27. How wonderful that it was saved. Good shots!

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  28. glad to hear it was preserved and restored.
    sadly, there are structures here in Ma,
    that need that kind of attention too, but I don't know why we like to build something new instead of preserving a history?!

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  29. Hats off to those volunteers! I hate seeing old buildings being torn down.

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