Jewel in the crown

WA's Winthrop Hall turns 90

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LOCAL ICON: Winthrop Hall, pictured in the 1950s, is still the jewel in University of Western Australia's crown.

LOCAL ICON: Winthrop Hall, pictured in the 1950s, is still the jewel in University of Western Australia's crown.

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The jewel in UWA's crown and a prominent local landmark, Winthrop Hall is widely regarded as Western Australia's most spectacular ceremonial space.

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It has played host to world-famous artists and actors, royalty, prime ministers, presidents, heads of state, as well as thousands of students and staff and now the University of Western Australia's iconic Winthrop Hall is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

The jewel in UWA's crown and a prominent local landmark, Winthrop Hall is widely regarded as Western Australia's most spectacular ceremonial space.

Designed by Melbourne architects Rodney Alsop and Conrad Sayce, the grand Mediterranean-style hall with its imposing clock tower, marble and mosaic foyer and vaulted ceilings, was completed in 1932 and formally opened in a four-day ceremony beginning on April 13.

Nine decades on, it remains a central part of campus life, hosting graduations, concerts, royal visits, formal dinners and countless examinations, said Emeritus Professor Jenny Gregory.

"Many of our graduates will remember the blood, sweat and tears lost in those examinations and the splendour of their graduation."

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