The former Armadale Post Office is open for business once again – exactly 116-years to the day after it first opened on 1 September 1898.
The now refurbished and carefully renovated Post Office building has a new lease on life as the MRA Armadale (MRA) office.
MRA Chief Executive Officer Kieran Kinsella said the restored 19th century Armadale Post and Telegraph Office brings a fresh sense of energy to the city centre.
“The Post Office is one of the most recognisable buildings in the area with a unique character and history for many local residents,” he said.
“We thought it was very fitting and are really pleased that we could open our doors on the exact date the original building opened – cementing its place in the next generation of Armadale’s redevelopment.”
A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony was performed to cleanse the new space and heralded a new beginning for the MRA and the restored Post Office.
The historic building has undergone a $1m refurbishment by Classic Contractors and architect Philip McAllister, including exposing and restoring some of the original brickwork, new windows and restored jarrah floorboards. The original features of the terracotta tile gabled roof and arched entrance have also been retained.
“Our new office is in the perfect location – at the end of the Jull Street Mall and directly opposite the train station.
“Being right in the heart of the city centre means we can help to activate the area by encouraging further revitalisation around this precinct,” he added.
A large artwork created by Kelmscott Senior High School students will be installed in the coming weeks on an exterior wall to showcase the students’ interpretation of urban renewal and community engagement. The creative piece identifies the 2011 Roleystone fires and how the community and volunteer fire fighters came together to support each other and rebuild to a new dawn.
The MRA is currently overseeing new development in the Forrestdale Business Park - a major regional hub that will generate local jobs and stimulate economic activity in the region. The redevelopment of the suburbs of Hilbert and Haynes through the Wungong Urban project is also providing thousands of residential lots that will accommodate a new community in this growing south-east corridor.
Find out more about the MRA’s Armadale project.