Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Row like there's no tomorrow!



A few weekends ago during Open House Perth we stopped in to the West Australian Rowing Club, here next to Barrack Square since 1906. The WARC, the last rowing club remaining on the Perth city foreshore, was almost demolished in the 1960's, surviving only to fall into disrepair (see middle pic below) in 1990. After serious rallying saved the club it was put on the Register of Heritage Places in 2001 as 'highly significant as the last remaining building representing a diversity of recreational, social, industrial and transportation activities carried out on the river and foreshore during the first one hundred years of the colony.' Phew!


Apart from the amazing views the old photos above were a highlight for me..


Looking down Riverside Drive below..


Looking out to South Perth below and over to the cafes and restaurants at Barrack Street Jetty, and yes Andrew the Lucky Shag is still there :)


Below glimpses of glimpses..


Here looking back to the city and Rubra On The Swan, not too shabby a spot to have breakfast! Hope you're having a good week, happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


26 comments:

  1. Quite a beautiful building. The open house concept sounds a lot like our Doors Open, and I've visited a local rowing club on those weekends.

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  2. It looks like the building has been beautifully restored. It also looks like you had a perfect day for your visit. Just look at all the blue sky and even bluer water.

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  3. ...rowing has become very here over the years.

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  4. Like east coast usa sculling as a collegiate and regional sport!

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  5. A perfect spot for a meal, Grace! So where are all of their boats stored?

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  6. Fabulous building and I love the old photos. Keep well Diane

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  7. The old photos are nice touch for people to see. Beautiful spot with nice views.

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  8. There is a group of older "rowers" who train and compete down in The Villages. Love your photos and the buildings but I really want to know who is "Andrew the lucky shag"? Love that water, too. I could lose myself for days in such a place.

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  9. Lovely old building. Glad the club has survived.

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  10. It’s good to see the old place restored!

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  11. oh yes! I can see why it was put on a heritage list.

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  12. Gosh, it really was once in a bad state as I see in the photo, but what a great restoration job. Perth is looking splendid on such a fine day and good to hear that The Lucky Shag survives.

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  13. Beautiful building. good that someone had the good sense to save and restore it. Seems rowing here in the USA has mostly died except for a few rowing groups in the New England states. Disappointing too because it always looked like a fun activity.

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  14. Glad it was restored to its former glory :)

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  15. Nice building. Looks like it was worth preserving.

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  16. Wonderful building, Grace, glad people are willing to give for restauration!
    We have a little, simple rowing club just around the corner. Guess closed now, just 1C and it´s only November.

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  17. Thank goodness they saved it Grace. We have too little of these architectural delights to let them crumble.

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  18. That's a fine old building and well worth conserving. It reminds me that I've never photographed the many rowing club buildings associated with the Cambridge colleges - maybe next summer.

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  19. A nice place to stop and view the water and enjoy brekky. I'm glad the building was preserved. I know we can't keep every old delapidated building but this one is important historically.

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  20. A lovely old building. I love seeing the old photos too.

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