Cottesloe landmark to be restored
BEATRICE THOMAS, The West Australian July 27, 2011, 5:28 am
The heritage-listed Wanslea building, once a prominent orphanage, is set for a $9 million restoration.
Described by the National Trust - which manages the State asset - as one of its most significant projects, the Cottesloe property is earmarked to become a multi-charity cancer wellness centre.
Built as an orphanage in 1905 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the two-storey property, in Railway Street, was also used as a convalescent home for returned servicemen in World War II.
From 1947 until 1984 it operated as Wanslea, caring for the children of sick mothers, and since then has been home to various community groups.
The trust's plans provide for landscaping improvements and an extensive refurbishment of the 106-year-old building, alterations and an addition to the 1958 staff quarters and a new building on the northern part of the property. As trust director of conservation and stewardship, Sarah Murphy this week inspected the site. Trust chief executive Tom Perrigo said up to $9 million would be spent on the works over the next 12 months.
He said charities such as Breast Cancer Care and the Brady Support Cancer Foundation would hopefully join the Cancer Support Association, which has occupied Wanslea since 1985, to create a "major cancer wellness centre for WA".