The Palace Hotel not only holds a place in the history of the town but it also has a special connection with Herbert Hoover, who revolutionised the operation and labour force at the Leonora Sons of Gwalia Mine in 1898 whist he was employed as Mining Superintendent.
He was among the many regular guests in its early days and went on to become the 31st President of the United States of America in 1929.
The 22-year-old worked in the Goldfields as a mining engineer for several years and as the story goes; he fell in love with a barmaid at the Palace Hotel before leaving to marry his college sweetheart and continuing his career in China.
An excerpt from a poem he composed to the barmaid hangs next to the elaborately carved mirror he gifted to the hotel before he left. Both can be viewed from the hotel’s foyer.
This love story was also the inspiration for Fremantle-based visual artist Sarah McCloskey’s contribution to Artgold’s Heartwalk 2018. The mural is located on the exterior wall (in the laneway).
The Palace Hotel is a landmark building and one of the most photographed buildings in the CBD.