A historic home for sale on Palmerston Street, Perth — known as the Witch’s Hat — appears to have had nine lives already. Renowned for its conical corner turret, it was built in 1898 by Frederick Wilhelm Gustav Liebe, who also built the superb His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth. The first owner, prominent railway engineer William Dartnell and his family, threw many society tennis parties at the home until they left late in the roaring 1920s. Heritage Council records show it was later used as a bakery, a motor mechanic’s workshop and then as an industrial engineering workshop. After some renovations, it became an after-care home for psychiatric patients before being converted into a school. After that, it was an aged-care home again. It then spent many years as the award-winning Witch’s Hat hostel. In mid 2021, it took on its last major function as the State’s first medical respite centre for homeless people. It will remain under this lease until November 2024. The home originally had six bedrooms, but now has 16 bedrooms, five bathrooms, five car bays, communal lounges, and a commercial kitchen, set on a 917sqm block. It has many original features, like its decorative plaster work, bull-nosed verandah and jarrah floors. Real estate agent Stuart Irving is seeking offers in the high $2 millions.