21 Yrs Of Perth Steam Works

Perth Steam Works
Perth Steam Works

The second story of the building located at the corner of William and Forbes streets has been the home for hundreds of men to meet on a weekly or sometimes daily basis. It is Perth Steam Works, and this month they celebrate their 21st anniversary.

Mike Chester (owner of Perth Steam Works) had been planning for a type of venue like this two years prior to opening.

“The original concept started 18 months before it opened because at the time I thought the Perth population justified a second gay men sauna in the City, because 565 was the only one. It was extremely difficult to find somewhere to lease so I had to buy a premise and once that was bought I went through the necessary approvals and that took the 18 months.”

Mr Chester also added location was key to making the place a success.

“Nothing works unless it’s near the central business district. If you are close to the city or a neighbouring suburb like we are, it makes it more accessible.”

In terms of the stigma of going to a gay bathhouse, Mr. Chester says

“I don’t see why there should be a stigma attached as to why you go to a sauna,” he said.

“You’re at a gay venue, it’s licensed, you can have a drink, you’re socialising… except there’s a spa, a sauna and a steam room – so I don’t know why people would discriminate against a sauna compared to a gay bar.”

Visit the place yourself at Perth Steam Works

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