ROSLYN is emblazoned across the front of this art deco apartment complex on Walcott Street, and I couldn’t help wondering who the mysterious lady was.
Daughter, wife or a lost love of the developer perhaps?
Was she one of the “bright young things” of 1930s Perth?
As I stepped into the vast entry foyer, with sweeping tiled flooring and aged-steel chandelier, I pondered if she’d called one of these spacious dwellings home.
With a shell-shaped fan light over the leadlight front door, this cavernous space is reminiscent of an art deco cinema.
Aged jarrah forms a soaring floor-to-ceiling frame, anchoring the double leadlight doors that stand sentinel to a central lounge.
Jarrah floors, decorative ceiling roses, a fireplace, and timber plate rails are just some of this elegant home’s heritage features.
Like many of the rooms it still has its original light fitting.
The kitchen is pure 1930s, and is so cute I can see why it hasn’t been modernised, bar the addition of a fancy new stove and a coat of fresh paint.
And there’s no lack of storage in the white-timber cupboards that have stylish deco-sculpted corners.
An extension has created a light-filled sun room beside the kitchen, which has access to a rear laneway and parking area.
It would be no effort to add a door to the sunroom to create an alfresco area in the side lane, which is on the apartment’s strata.
Install some fancy gates and potted palms, and privacy is assured as you relax outside.
Bracketed by two sets of stairs — one to this apartment and the other to the neighbour’s — is a small garden that by a quirk of planning is also on the strata.
Fashion and food has changed since Roslyn’s day, but nearby Beaufort Street was always a hive of shops and cafes, and of course the popular Astor Theatre is a two-minute stroll away.
by JENNY D’ANGER
3/94 Walcott Street
0418 914 926
Professionals Mt Lawley