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History

Heritage is a big part of Raine Square, bound by three heritage buildings the site has been designed to pay homage, honour and celebrate some of the most significant and spectacular original architecture in Perth’s CBD.

The heritage Royal Hotel, Glyde Chambers and Wentworth buildings are being meticulously restored as part of the redevelopment and returned to their former glory.

Raine Square is a true, and unique, fusion of the old and new.  Here you will see the most beautiful integration of some of the State’s oldest and most impressive architecture with exceptional contemporary design.

The selection of Raine Square tenants echoes this approach with classic brands paired with new, urban up and coming ‘disruptor’ brands.  Raine Square is certainly a destination for anyone and everyone and one that will impress.

 

THE WENTWORTH

Located on the corner of Murray and William Street, the hotel was originally known as Gordon's Hotel.

Rebuilt in 1927/28 by Mary Raine it was renamed the Wentworth.

The building is currently being reinstated as part of the Raine Square Stage 2 – Fashion Precinct.

 

THE ROYAL HOTEL

Built in 1882, the 136-year-old Royal Hotel is located on the corner of Wellington and William Streets in Perth CBD.

A major upgrade of The Royal Hotel’s facade occurred in 1906.  Despite extensive changes around it, the hotel building has remained and has been restored to its former glory as part of the current Raine Square redevelopment works.

 

GLYDE CHAMBERS

Built in 1900, Glyde Chambers is located next to The Royal Hotel on Wellington Street in Perth CBD. It was built on land that had originally been owned by George Glyde who had arrived in the Colony in 1830. He was a highly successful merchant who established the firm of Glyde and Sons. The restoration of this building is a part of current redevelopment.   

 

Our Founder

Raine Square and the Raine Medical Research Foundation were founded by publican and business icon, Mary Raine.

Mary Raine was an astute entrepreneur and philanthropist who shaped the CBD in the 1920s.

She owned many hotels including the Royal Hotel and Wentworth Hotel both located on the Raine Square site.

After Mary’s husband passed away from cerebral haemorrhage in 1957 she made a generous donation to University of Western Australia to research a cure to what lead to his death.

This was the genesis of Raine Medical Research Foundation, to which Mary left the bulk of her vast fortune to support medical research.

The Foundation has supported numerous major research projects, funded two centres of Excellence, established scholars, fellowships and scholarships, sponsored the visits of international research at the undergraduate level.

The Raine Medical Research Foundation represents the largest recent bequest to the University of Western Australia. It is the leading provider of non-government funds for medical research council (NHMRC).