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Princess Chambers


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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21-27 Market St Fremantle

Location Details

Associated with 953 - PRINCESS THEATRE (FMR)

Other Name(s)

Biddles Building

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1899

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 28 Oct 1974

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1B

Level 1B

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle and its conservation is required. It is recommended that this place be considered for entry in the Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places.

Statement of Significance

The place is a modest example of a commercial building dating from the first decades of the twentieth century that forms part of a group of similar places and makes a contribution to the streetscape of the Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is a fine example of a Federation Free Classical style building, with elaborate stucco decoration above the ground floor level, that makes a significant contribution to the streetscape. The place is a significant landmark in the Old Port City of Fremantle. The place is of social significance as evidenced by its classification by the National Trust. Original shopfronts, where they remain, are significant.

Physical Description

Three storey painted brick building with bracketed and balustraded parapet and a zero setback from the pavement. The building has four bays divided by engaged pilasters extending through the parapet. The ground floor has an awning (probably not original) with pressed metal lining intact, number 25 has a recessed shop front. The first floor has arched windows with decorative stucco sills; decorative stucco is also featured below the parapet.

A Heritage Assessment was prepared in March 2010 by Heritage and Conservation Professionals for a DA submission to Council (DA0689/09) for minor internal alterations and a rear courtyard.


Designed by Edwin Summerhayes for Capt Frank Biddles, and built in 1899. Biddles was a pastoralist, master pearler and land landowner.
Currently (2002), various retail outlets.

A Heritage Assessment was prepared in March 2010 by Heritage and Conservation Professionals for a DA submission to Council (DA0689/09) for minor internal alterations and a rear courtyard.


Medium degree of integrity (original intent partially clear, current use compatible, high long term sustainability).
High degree of authenticity with much original fabric remaining.
(These statements based on street survey only).


Condition assessed as fair to good (assessed from streetscape survey only).


Name Type Year From Year To
Edwin Summerhayes Architect - -

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Shopping Complex
Other Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg
Original Use COMMERCIAL Office or Administration Bldg

Architectural Styles

Federation Free Classical

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Pointed Brick
Wall BRICK Painted Brick
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

28 Feb 2020


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