City of Perth: committee votes to recommend heritage listing of Lisa Scaffidi’s hotel

Lisa Scaffidi.
Lisa Scaffidi.

THE City of Perth’s planning committe has voted to recommend the heritage listing of a 112-year-old hotel owned by Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

The building at 379 Wellington Street, now known as Akara Hotel, meets most of the Heritage Council’s criteria for listing but the matter was delayed while City staff were directed back to consult further with the owners – Joe and Lisa Scaffidi.

The heritage value of the property had already been subject to investigation and was considered at meetings in March 2015 and April 2016.

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According to City staff, the hotel is an example of an alcohol-free hotel built for the Temperance Movement and was built during the WA gold boom, “a significant cultural and development phase in the history of the state”.

The hotel is also one of the last remaining coffee palaces constructed in the city that is still used for purposes similar to the original.

City staff said the changes made to the building in the 1930s had heritage value in their own right, being representative of the 1930s modernisation of gold boom-era buildings.

A State Heritage Office assessment, the City’s assessment and an independent heritage consultant commissioned by the City found the place had heritage significance for its aesthetic and historic values, was rare and had a moderate degree of integrity and authenticity.