MUSEUM OF PERTH
Saturday 10th November: 10am - 4pm
Sunday 11th November: 10am - 4pm
8-10 The Esplanade, Perth, 6000
The Atlas Assurance Company’s reinforced concrete building, on the corner of St George’s Court and the Esplanade, which was opened by his Excellency the Governor Sir William Campion on Tuesday, is a handsome addition to the architecture of Perth.
The design of the front elevation, which is rather restrained, with an air of dignity and solidity, is a free treatment of Renaissance architecture. A cornice and capitals to the columns are in copper, and in the central feature above the front of the building is the company’s device, Atlas supporting the world.
The building, which was constructed by Messrs Todd Bros, contractors, is thoroughly fire-resisting; the most modern fire fighting appliances have been installed on each floor. All windows are steel framed. Natural lighting is a conspicuous feature, about 75 percent of the outside walls being occupied by windows. Strongrooms are provided for all suites.
The whole of the facade, with the exception of the steel windows, is a Wunderlich production. It is faced with Wunderlich architectural terracotta of a graduated salmon brown tone, mottled with black and white with a tooled surface, with an attractive matt semi-glaze finish. The company’s emblem is also modeled and produced in architectural terracotta, with a nice ivory finish, the figure supporting the globe, being heavy sheet copper. The massive bronze entrance doors, 9 feet wide, by 16 feet high, sheathed and studded, the bronze grilles, the lift cage, the mailbox, the bronze lift doors, the ornamental copper cornice, and the attractive spandril panels are also of Wunderlich manufacture.