The three-storey hotel was designed by George Charles Inskip (1840-1931) and built by Jordine and Ruthven for James Herbert Junior (1841-1893).Herbert was the proprietor of the Rockingham Arms and the Freemasons Hotel. Inskip was a Melbourne based architect, who came to WA in 1879 to superintend work on Edmund Blacket’s design for St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
At the time it was built, the Federal was described in the press as being “far in advance of anything so far erected in Western Australia and equal to the best in the sister colonies”.
In 1904, local architect, Joseph Herbert Eales (1864-1957) was responsible for extensive additions to the Federal Hotel, including the front verandahs and the western wing, which extends towards the rear of the premises.
Our goal is to bring one of Fremantle’s oldest and grandest establishments back to life through various stages of renovation. We believe the heritage and architecture of Fremantle makes the city unique from the rest of the metropolitan area, and it is our desire to showcase this beautiful venue once again.