THE demise of the 90-year-old Tudor mansion in West Perth was ushered in with nary a mention of the building’s storied history.
Eight luxury units are to take its place on a street that long ago lost most of its other aged buildings, and which now houses US consulate residents.
Perth city councillor Reece Harley had earlier tabled information on the historic value of the place for consideration.
The original building dates to 1906 and for years was owned by the family of former premier George Leake. It burned down in 1926 and was rebuilt in Tudor style.
Renowned anti-communist campaigner James Sinclair McGibbon lived there till his death in 1943. News of its possible demise in the Voice attracted 80 or so online comments from those unhappy to see it go.
But it had been looked over by both the state heritage office and the council’s own history experts and declared unworthy of listing.
Without that protection in place the vote to allow its demise was unanimous.
The one concession to history: the council says the owner is “required to provide a photographic record”.
by DAVID BELL