The Moores Building was formerly the general business of Mr William Dalgety Moore, who started things rolling back in 1865.
Before Mr Moore took it over for his business, the site hosted a house, stables for horses, a factory, offices and a warehouse. Mr Moore later lived on the site, building his offices and shop out of local materials. He sold out in 1900 and the building was put to other purposes.
West End Fremantle is home to late Georgian and Victorian architecture, which, after falling into disrepair began to be gentrified in the late 1980s. In the 1990s, the process sped up with the establishment of the University of Notre Dame, which took over many of the buildings, lovingly restoring them.
Today, the Gallery showcases emerging artists and recent graduates through to well-established and very well-known visiting and local creatives. It also features a residential studio at the rear of the gallery, which helps to set the tone of lived-in creativity.
The Gallery and the Cafe fit together perfectly: respect for heritage, devotion to quality, a love of style, plenty of innovation and unique creations.
(By Robert Finlayson)