Open House Perth
16 + 17 NOVEMBER 2019

Council House




Saturday 10th November: 10am - 5pm

Sunday 11th November: 10am - 5pm


27 St Georges Terrace, Perth, 6000


Self Guided


Completed in 1963, Council House sits on land that holds great significance for the Whadjuk Noongar people, the traditional owners of the Perth regions and Swan Coastal Plains. From the very beginning of European contact, this site was used to plan for and govern the colony. Architecturally, Council House is a modernist jewel juxtaposed against equally imposing Colonial seats of power.

Arising from a competition held in 1959 it was the design of Howlett & Bailey, and the first example of window walling in Perth, clad in distinctive mosaic T-shaped sun-breakers. Its construction was spurred by the city’s preparations for the 1962 VIIth Empire & Commonwealth Games and marked a turning point for design, engineering and aesthetics of the city.

In 2006, it was entered on the State Heritage Register and received the National Enduring Architecture Award at the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards.

To complement the modern aesthetic of the building, architects Jeffrey Howlett and Don Bailey commissioned local designers and manufacturers to create the interior design and furnishings for the opening in 1963. A selection of these furnishings will be on display in the Council House foyer, alongside photographs, objects and artwork that tell the building’s incredible story.

Architect: Howlett & Bailey