Making heritage work

Three local businesses have had to tackle that issue recently, learning how to take one of Fremantle’s heritage buildings and create a modern product.

However, for the architects and owners of the National Hotel, Hougoumont Hotel and Bread in Common, it was a venture worth embarking on.

As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival, which runs from May 9 to 18, those associated with each of the three businesses will take people on a free tour of their establishment, talking about how they went about adapting a heritage building and why they decided to use a heritage building for their business.

National Hotel owner Karl Bullers said there was not much leeway when working with a 130-year-old building, but that the project was worth it.

‘It was certainly a challenge to put a modern bar and restaurant into an old building and I am very proud of the results because we worked very hard to maintain the heritage feel of the building and the results speak for themselves,’ he said.