St Georges Terrace
St Georges Terrace was named after St George's Cathedral. Originally, houses occupied by clergy of the cathedral and lay clerks of the cathedral choir constituted a substantial portion of the Terrace. Some of these houses such as The Deanery remain, however the majority of these were demolished in the 1960s.
Streetscape and buildings
The main streetscape between Barrack Street and William Street in the 1930s and 1940s constituted considerable uniformity of design and building height, by the late 1970s removal of significant older buildings for taller more modern buildings changed this permanently. Perth's earlier tallest buildings were located on St Georges Tce, including the Colonial Mutual Life building (tallest building in Perth from 1936 to 1962), subsequent tallest buildings were: Citibank House (37 St Georges Tce, 1962 until 1970),Parmelia House (191 St. Georges Terrace, 1970 to 1973), 140 St Georges Terrace (AMP Building, 1975 to 1976), Allendale Square (77 St Georges Tce, 1976 to 1977), St Martins Tower (44 St. Georges Terrace, 1978 to 1988), BankWest Tower (108 St Georges Terrace, 1988 to 1992) and Central Park (152-158 St Georges Tce, tallest since 1992).
The level of St Georges Terrace is in effect at the top of a ridge, where the short roads that descend southerly towards Perth Water all provide views of the Swan River - which include Barrack Street, Sherwood Court, Howard Street, William Street, Mill Street, and Spring Street. A significant change to this aspect will occur on the completion of the Elizabeth Quay project where lines of sight will be affected.
Set into the footpath along the street are 150 bronze tablets commemorating notable figures in Western Australia's history. These were installed in 1979, as part of the WAY 1979 celebrations, marking the state's 150th, or sesquicentennial year of European settlement.
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- Austen, Tom (1988) The Streets of Old Perth St George Books. ISBN 0-86778-038-X
- Edmonds, Jack (editor) (1979) Swan River colony : life in Western Australia since the early colonial settlement, illustrated by pictures from an exhibition mounted by West Australian Newspapers Ltd. as a contribution to celebrations for the state's 150th year Perth: West Australian Newspapers.ISBN 0909699208
- Stannage, C. T (1979) The people of Perth : a social history of Western Australia's capital city Perth: Carroll's for Perth City Council. ISBN 0-909994-86-2