Shire of Peppermint Grove

Place Number



45 Irvine St Peppermint Grove

Location Details

Local Government

Peppermint Grove



Construction Date

Constructed from 1898, Constructed from 1899

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 24 Jul 2018

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 19 Jul 1999 Category 1

Statement of Significance

The two storeyed limestone, iron and timber mansion, in a sophisticated Federation Queen Anne style, has cultural significance because: it has historical associations with J B Percy and John Church two of the prominent residents of the first generation of Peppermint grove residents; the residence is a very early and sophisticated example of its style and period in the suburb; the maturity of the garden is a testament to John Church's interest in gardens; it is part of a cultural group and a townscape area.

Physical Description

The residence showed a sophisticated use of materials, a picturesque use of elements and a surprising level of maturity in the use of a comparatively new style.


The place was built by J B Percy, Manager of the Union Bank, one of the four main banks in Western Australia during the late nineteenth/early twentieth centuries. It was among the first of the early mansions in Peppermint Grove. The original residence was extensive and had rooms for the family's own governess. The place was bought in 1906, by John Church, hardware merchant. His company John Church & Co was later taken over by J & W Bateman. John Church is largely responsible for the gardens. His eldest son Norman married Jessie Scholl in 1908 and lived at 62 Leake Street, back to back with his parents property and part of the large Scholl property holding. Considerable historical significance. The maturity of John Church's garden makes the scale of the original mansion and its original presentation hard to assess. The details of the place demonstrate considerable technical competence and a medium to high level of integrity.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
R Pascoe Western Australia's Capital Suburb, Peppermint Grove

Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
74 Municipal Inventory

Other Keywords

It is rare for a place to have retained such a high level of integrity
in its fine and outstanding detailing.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Two storey residence

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other TIMBER Other Timber
Wall STONE Limestone
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Domestic activities

Creation Date

04 May 2002

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Last Update

19 Feb 2021


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