ABOUT PS|AS
PSAS is a project space for the experience of contemporary art which presents a curated program of exhibitions and events by Australian and international artists. Sensitively restored, the heritage listed building is located in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End precinct, PSAS has become one of Perth’s most exciting and experimental platform to experience contemporary culture.

HERITAGE & CONSERVATION
The two storey brick and iron building occupies the entire lot and was constructed in 1907 for owner Timothy Francis Quinlan. Quinlan was a significant property owner and business man in Perth during the early 20th century. The first occupants of the warehouse were Paterson and Co, a business which stored and sold a wide range of goods. The building has most frequently been used for storage since its construction, however for a considerable period it was a depot for transport company, Frank Manford and Company. The place is a good representation of the Federation Warehouse style. Its external brick walls; saw tooth roof form and repetition of elements are classic features of the style. Its scale and form make a valuable contribution to the streetscape and the heritage precinct of the West End of Fremantle. The place is rare as one of the most intact examples of a building of the 1900s remaining in the West End of Fremantle and demonstrates both the character and the uses, which represent this section of the West End of Fremantle. It has been largely unmodified since its original construction and demonstrates the simple form and finishes of early 20th century warehouses. The remaining fabric and machinery also provides evidence of former practices and demonstrates the development of the Fremantle Port as a major centre for trade and commerce. Its location demonstrates how the relocation of the harbour and the construction of the Fremantle Railway Station resulted in the creation of a new focus for the town of Fremantle. The place is also a good example of key industries, which have helped to shape Fremantle and the wider economy of Western Australia. Its association with the wool industry, bonded stores and transport are good examples of the types of goods and services associated with Fremantle.


On the corner of Pakenham and Leake Streets, in the heart of Fremantle’s West End precinct, lies a former warehouse that was built in 1907 by prominent businessman and independent State politician Timothy Quinlan (1861-1927). The property remained in family ownership for 90 years before being sold in 1997. The first occupants of the warehouse were Paterson and Co, a business which stored and sold a wide range of goods. The building has most frequently been used for storage since its construction, however for a considerable period it was a depot for transport company, Frank Manford and Company.

An unusually intact example of a 1900s warehouse, 22-26 Pakenham Street was built in the simple Federation Warehouse style, using red brick laid in a standard English Bond. The truncated corner provides the main entrance, and also acts a backdrop for the building’s few decorative exterior element, with a detailed triangular pediment to the ground floor doorway, a segmental pediment above the first floor windows and a decorated parapet topping the corner façade. Details to the Leake St and Pakenham Street facades are minimal in comparison, with the brickwork rendered bands and window openings taking the simplest uniform appearance expected of a warehouse from the era.

The remaining fabric and machinery also provides evidence of former practices and demonstrates the development of the Fremantle Port as a major centre for trade and commerce. Its location demonstrates how the relocation of the harbour and the construction of the Fremantle Railway Station resulted in the creation of a new focus for the town of Fremantle. The place is also a good example of key industries, which have helped to shape Fremantle and the wider economy of Western Australia. Its association with the wool industry, bonded stores and transport are good examples of the types of goods and services associated with Fremantle.

The two-storey building now functions as PS Art Space, a progressive contemporary exhibition and performance space, artists studio, and venue for functions. The site has been lucky to find itself the subject of an ongoing conservation program, following completion of a grant-assisted conservation management plan in 2010. The conservation management incorporated a structural’s engineer’s report to assist in identifying defects and to ensure these were remedied according to priority, in line with best practice from both engineering and heritage conservation standards.

Previous projects were undertaken to repair structural degradation to the exterior and interior and restore the original exterior appearance by removing intrusive paint and mortar and reinstating original elements. This year’s grant-assisted project saw continued conservation of the building a section to the entrance threshold and a geotechnical investigation to identify any underlying site issues, which will help inform the planning of future conservation works and monitoring of potential issues.

The continued conservation of the building demonstrates an exemplary commitment to heritage conservation by the owner. By employing the services of experienced heritage professionals, the owner has ensured that the building is conserved according to best practice, enhancing the longevity of the building elements, improving the overall condition of the building and conservation works in future.