Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kings Crown

Situated in the high on a hill of Kings Park you can find the DNA Tower.  The structure, which is one of Australia's Big Things, is named for its resemblance to the double-helix molecule of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
The tower's construction, inspired by a double staircase in a Chateau at Blois in France, was commissioned by Dr. John Beard, Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden 1961-1970.  The structure, which was built in 1966 by D & H Fraser Consulting Engineers, is 15 meters high and there is an observation deck located at the top.  It is well worth the effort to climb the 101 steps for panoramic views of the Perth.  The stones in the paving and walls surrounding the tower originated from shires and towns throughout Western Perth, symbolizing that Kings Park is for everyone.


  1. Hi Maya, that's a cool tower and I bet the view is fabulous. Interesting history behind it and it's DNA name. I like the symbolism used to show that Kings Park is for everyone.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great week.

  2. Hi Kathy, I love how Perth has put so much land aside in the middle of the city for the general public. The park is really a great place!