The State Registered Warders’ Cottages in Fremantle have been preserved in a restoration and sale project steered by the State Heritage Office that ensures the future of the historic terraces in Fremantle’s bustling centre. Nestled on streets below the walls of Fremantle Prison, the Warders’ Cottages were among the first buildings to be restored using the Heritage Revolving Fund.
“For quite a while now, the heritage world has been enjoying a renaissance through the conservation or adaptation of heritage buildings for contemporary use,” State Heritage Office Executive Director Graeme Gammie said.
The three terraces, Warders 1, 2 and 3 were constructed by convicts in the 1850s and used to accommodate prison warders and their families for more than 140 years until Fremantle Prison was
de-commissioned in 1991.
In the years following, the cottages were used for public housing but gradual deterioration resulted in them being deemed unsuitable for tenants by the Housing Authority in 2011. After the three-year restoration and a successful sales campaign by Colliers International, the cottages are now privately owned and ready for a new chapter in their long contribution to Fremantle and WA.
The much-anticipated restoration began in 2014 and after a selection process, Colliers International, which has a long track record selling residential projects, was appointed as the sales and marketing agent. The six cottages in Warders 3 were offered for sale as residential homes and were available to be purchased by owner-occupiers or investors.