warders’ hotel

Location: Fremantle, Western Australia

Status: Under Construction


Located adjacent to the Fremantle markets, the three blocks of heritage-listed Warders’ Cottages were originally constructed as accommodation for the Fremantle Prison warders and their families. While they have had many uses over their lifetime, block W1 has been empty for some time. Matthew Crawford Architects was engaged to help bring these iconic cottages back to life as a boutique hotel with a restaurant in the rear garden space. 

The well-known front façade of the limestone cottages will remain untouched and a simple interior material palette will be employed to respect the existing features of these utilitarian but elegant cottages.

The restaurant nestled to the rear of the cottages will curve away from the street to maintain views of the rear of the cottages. A lofty metal roof pays tribute to the surrounding markets and creates an open dining area below which opens into to a courtyard garden. 

Completion of the Warders’ Hotel and restaurant is due in late 2020.