Our Claremont Congregational Church Gallery

Designed by Melbourne architect, Edgar Henderson, Claremont Congregational Church was originally opened on July 15th, 1906, to compensate for the large numbers of attendees who visited Claremont congregational hall. Located next door, this building was built by Perth’s first Australian-born architect, Henry Stirling trigg in 1895.

Exuding European Influence

Henderson’s design of the Congregational Church reflects Romanesque & Gothic influences, expressed throughout the interior & exterior details of the church. A stroll around the church grounds reveals how lucidly these styles are expressed in his design. Pointed & rounded arches, ornate interior scrollwork and exceptional stained glass windows characterise the beauty and historical design influences pertaining to this building.

A Place of Worship Re-Born

 “Both buildings are closely linked with the development & growth of Claremont as a prestigious and wealthy suburb of the 1890’s & early years of the 20th century,” Former Heritage Minister; Mr. Richard Lewis.

Originally the Congregational Church & Hall marked the exact postal halfway meeting & exchange point between Perth & Fremantle in the early 1900’s.

The Congregational Church continued as a place of worship until 1977. It then was used for an array of businesses, including a wedding pavilion, art gallery, antique centre, bookstore and now in 2018, a European Furniture Gallery. Talitha purchased the Congregational Church in 2014, after stumbling across the somewhat derelict building during a scenic Sunday drive with her family. Working closely with a heritage architect and her families building & design company; Last Detail Design, two years later the Congregational Church was reborn.

From Champs-Elysées to Stirling Highway

“After seeing such a magnificent building in terrible disrepair, a building with important historical significance for Perth, we worked hard to preserve the integrity of the building for future generations.

The exterior landscaping is an important feature used to compliment the exterior of the Church in true Romanesque style. My team and I planted masses of traditional Mediterranean flora such as Lavandula, being an Australian bred, award winning variety to symbolise the unification of cultures through design. I also ensured particular importance to traditional Romanesque & Gothic church garden features such as curved paths, curved fountains and planted garden arches.

One of the most significant features of my garden design is the importation of our incredible Champs-Elysées lamp. I sourced the Circa 1870 lamp from our Parisian Merchant on one of my last business trips to France. From the most famous street in France to our beautiful, secluded city, the Champs-Elysées lamp will forever signify the importance of history and its influence on not only design but for further education & thus preservation”.

Talitha Marco