|purple stripes with matching awnings|
The Welcome to the Heritage Perth Walking Tour guide picked up from a friendly and helpful young woman at the visitor centre in the kitchen tail behind Matheson House (another story there) throws around new words like "white Bathurst sandstone", "mottled Otty Lake freestone" "twenty-four inch sandstone" "locally quarried Potsdam sandstone" "reddish sandstone."
Ashenburg adds "dark sandstone" "oatmeal coloured sandstone" and, best yet, "Hughes quarry purply stone'. And there are purple stripes, as this closeup of the substantial block at 44 Gore Street East shows.
|44 Gore Street|
|purplish voussoirs, lintels, string courses and quoins|
on industrialsit T.A. Code's home Kininvie (1906)
The purple hue is likely iron staining, according to blogger Christopher Brett.
Because the purple stone was easy to cut, it formed readily into decorative trims. But this sandstone wasn't just a pretty face, it could punch with the big ones. A 1912 report describes some very large blocks obtained in uniform breaks, using hammers and wedges only. One giant was 30 feet x 2 feet x 18" in size, but the report goes on to say that most of the good stone was already removed by that date.
|"amethyst-toned voussoirs and stringcourses" dignify|
Code's Felt Mill (1902 wing)
|and a purply sandstone foundation too, but who would notice?|
Blogger Chris recounds a visit to the Hughes Quarry in recent years. Funny, as we drove back and forth from town, we passed Hughes Road. Wonder if that was the route to the quarry which produced this wonderful purple-hued town?
Hope to check it out one day.