Wesley Uniting Church, Perth

Wesley Uniting Church, Perth

Wesley Church is located at 75 William Street, at its intersection with Hay Street. It is one of the oldest church buildings and one of few remaining 19th-century colonial buildings in the city. Wesley Church is built of load-bearing brick laid in Flemish bond in the Victorian academic gothic style and features a landmark spire, steeply pitched roofs, parapeted gables, label (hood) moulds and wall buttressing.

The church has a strong verticality of form emphasised by tall lancet windows with plate tracery to the east facade. Angle buttresses divide the nave wall into five bays and the major windows have stucco label moulds above them. The bricks of the building, fired at uncertain temperatures in wood-burning kilns, show a range of mellow tones and, laid in Flemish bond, create a chequerboard effect on the walls, which provides a decorative element to the walls of the building. The spire is 35 metres high with a weathercock on top; it is surrounded by four smaller spires at its base which are capped by metal finials. The north-east tower replicates these smaller spires above the gable. The roof structure is of hand-sawn timber and the roof covering was originally shingles, but at some point the Church was re-roofed in clay tiles.

Wesley Church was designed by Richard Roach Jewell, an architect, circuit steward, clerk of colonial works and church member. The foundation stone was laid on 25 October 1867 by Governor John Stephen Hamptona and the church was opened on Sunday 10 April 1870.
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Sight Name: Wesley Uniting Church
Sight Location: Perth, Australia
Sight Type: Religious
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