7 ALDGATE PLACE

7 Aldgate Place east Fremantle WA 6158 (map)

ARCHITECTURE

Federation / Federation Bungalow with Queen Anne Influences

No. 7 Aldgate Place, is a single-storey house constructed in limestone, tuck-pointed brick and rendered brick, with a hipped and gabled, corrugated-iron roof. ‘Aldgate’ is a very fine example of the Federation Queen Anne style. The place is enhanced by hand-painted ceiling murals, friezes and stencils to the interior of the residence. The front elevation is asymmetrically planned with a thrust bay and a part-width, return, hip-roofed verandah. The verandah is supported on timber posts with a decorative wrought iron frieze. The gable bay features a cartouche with a pair of double-hung sash windows and hopper lights. There is a central door and hopper-light, flanked by sidelights and double-hung sash windows. The place features a diagonal corner bay with a pair of windows and a gable sitting above it. There is a long, elevated approach to the residence. The aesthetic qualities of this place are enhanced by its relationship to the gardens, its formal broad-stone steps and Italianate balustrades. The roofscape features tall render-capped chimneys and the walls are tuck-pointed brick with rendered quoins.

The place retains its form and most of its details, but the lot has been subdivided and several residences built to the front. These residences and Aldgate share a common road titled Aldgate Place.

HISTORY

Aldgate is significant as an example of residences built on large, river-facing lots in this part of East Fremantle, by more affluent citizens in the 1890s and early 1900s. The place is a reminder of a period when the elevated locations on Preston Point Road, and the immediate surroundings, were desirable residential locations for the affluent. Aldgate had a close association, for a comparatively short period, with Paul Strelitz, who, with his brother Richard, established a trading company and was influential in international trade, diplomacy and local politics in Perth and Fremantle.

INTERESTING LINKS

1925 - Ernest R. Evans was charged under the Breach of Shop and Factories Act for failing to register a shop or factory. Fined 10s (reference)

1926 - On February 6, at St. John's Church, Fremantle, a wedding of more than ordinary interest was celebrated by Canon Collick when Ernest R. Evans, only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Evans, of Fremantle, was joined in matrimony to Alice Tuxworth, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Tuxworth, of Cottesloe Beach. (reference)

1932 - Ernest R. Evans was charged with a breach of the traffic regulations: Speeding: Received a fine of 5/ (reference)

1933 - Ernest R. Evans was charged with a breach of the traffic regulations: Negligent Driving: Received a fine of 10/ (reference)

RESIDENTS

1909 - 1910: Paul Strelitz

1926 - 1949: Evans, Ernest R.

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