In­side the Raine Square re­vamp

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - By DENISE S CAHILL

THERE is a good chance Mary Raine stood un­der this door­way at some stage in her life.

Perth’s first fe­male prop­erty ty­coon bought The Went­worth Ho­tel, which be­came The Bo­heme, on the cor­ner of Mur­ray and Wil­liam streets in the 1920s and was later the name­sake of what is now known as Raine Square.

The story of the busi­ness­woman, who died in 1960, will be in­ter­preted in art and land­scap­ing in the new Raine Square re­de­vel­op­ment that will in­clude re­tail, Palace Cin­e­mas, a din­ing precinct, plaza and the Royal Ho­tel.

De­mo­li­tion on the site, owned by Char­ter Hall, started about three months ago and the de­vel­op­ment should open late next year.

Char­ter Hall de­vel­op­ment man­ager Patrick Holling­worth said parts of The Went­worth such as the stair­case and arch­ways were her­itage listed so would be re­tained along with the Royal Ho­tel, which was also her­itage listed.

Mr Holling­worth said The Went­worth’s din­ing room was her­itage listed so had been dis­man­tled and would be re­in­stated as part of the re­tail space at the site.

Char­ter Hall has a her­itage con­ser­va­tion plan for the site that in­cludes some his­toric de­tails about Mrs Raine but Mr Holling­worth said they had learnt a lot more about her life through the Raine Med­i­cal Re­search Foun­da­tion she founded 60 years ago.

“As we went through plan­ning for de­sign we got in­volved with the Raine Foun­da­tion and they have given us in­fi­nite in­for­ma­tion about her his­tory,” he said.

Mrs Raine launched the UWAbased foun­da­tion soon af­ter her hus­band died, say­ing “the net in­come of the Fund shall be ap­plied to­wards seek­ing, di­ag­nos­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the na­ture, ori­gin and causes of dis­eases in hu­man be­ings, with the ini­tial em­pha­sis on ar­te­rioscle­ro­sis and al­lied dis­eases, and the pre­ven­tion, cure, al­le­vi­a­tion and com­bat­ing of such dis­eases”.

To cel­e­brate the foun­da­tion’s 60th an­niver­sary, there will be a free ex­hi­bi­tion and talks about Mrs Raine’s life as part of Perth Her­itage Days on Oc­to­ber 14 and 15 with the ex­hi­bi­tion at Bankwest Place con­tin­u­ing un­til Oc­to­ber 27.

To book or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.her­itageperth.com.

Char­ter Hall de­vel­op­ment man­ager Patrick Holling­worth at the Raine Square de­vel­op­ment in­side the Went­worth Ho­tel.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of what The Went­worth will even­tu­ally look like. In­set: Mary Raine in The Went­worth ho­tel.

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