Cowan House: time to correct mistake

Trevor Todd and a portrait of Edith Cowan.
Trevor Todd and a portrait of Edith Cowan.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Perth embarked on a demolition frenzy – annihilating much of the architectural heritage of the city. Ballrooms, halls, theatres, government offices, banks – nothing was safe.

Precious few 19th-century buildings now remain – indeed, not many art deco or other early 20th-century structures lived to tell their harrowing tale.

If we have learned anything from that concrete-obsessed era, we will preserve 31 Malcolm Street, West Perth.

Built in 1883, it served as the long-time home to Edith Cowan and her family.

The building was the site of much of the important work with war veterans that earned Mrs Cowan her OBE.

Adding to its significance, 31 Malcolm Street served as an important art gallery in the 1950s and ‘60s.

The failure to retain it on the State’s interim heritage list in 2000 seems an inexplicably error.

Now is the time to correct that mistake.

Giovanni Torre – reporter