Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Money for mockin' and your pics for free

Mock Tudor shocker London Court is one of 32 places to share in this year’s Western Australian Heritage Council grants program.

WA Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts on October 25 announced the cutesy shopping arcade would receive $80,000 for structural works.

“London Court is without a doubt one of the most photographed buildings in Perth," Mrs Roberts extolled. "It is well loved by locals and visitors alike."

“The grant will help make sure the clock tower, its four knights and the unique shops can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Mrs Roberts omitted mention of London Court's mock Tudor garbage bins. She did however note the mock Tudor mall was celebrating its 70th birthday this year.

“The idea of London Court," she spruiked, "was conceived by miner and entrepreneur Claude de Bernales, a figure who features prominently in WA’s history.

"Its unusual British mock Tudor architecture provided ‘a piece of the old home land’ in Perth."

Defying logic, London Court is on Western Australia's register of heritage places.

“The state register celebrates heritage places that are important to all Western Australians,” Mrs Roberts wrapped up, overlooking those Western Australians with any pretensions to good taste.



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