Upon my arrival in the city centre three youngsters were offering "Free hugs" so I got a hug from one of them. It put a smile on my face.
I went towards St George's Terrace to visit the "State Treasury Buildings" who recently opened their doors after undergoing a 8 year restoration that cost $105 millions Aud.
|The renovated State Buildings with the new office tower behind|
The former Central Government offices built in 1889, housed the General Post Office until 1923 and was housed the Treasury office, Cabinet rooms, Premier's offices, police courts and a cell block and occupy an area bordering 4 streets - Barrack st, St George's Terrace, Hay Street and Pier street.
The building had stood empty for 17 years now emerges as an elegant building housing Perth's first 6 star hotel, rooftop glass restaurant "The Wildflower" (a new construction), various restaurants and small retail venues - with a slate roof imported from Wales, dormer windows from England, lacework on the roof...
In the luxury "Como Treasury Hotel" operated by Singapore's Como Hotels and Resorts all of the 48 rooms are different. A daily rate from $595.00 a night is not for everyone...
The Postal Hall in the basement houses a chocolatier, florist, cup-cake shop and barber.
This whole are is part of a $580 million development of the adjacent Cathedral Square, which includes a new office block tower (seen in the photo above), a new public library and a public plaza for St George's Anglican Cathedral.
|One of the 15 entries to the State buildings|
|One of the eateries|
|Here you can relax, read or eat|
|St George's Anglican Cathedral next to the State Buildings with the Dragon statue|
It's a beautiful building don't you agree?