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Taylor vs Twiggy: Will mining magnate Andrew Forrest consider Taylor Swift’s love for the Indiana Tea House (Cottesloe) before tearing it down?

Taylor Swift has been scanning and posting diary entries from several years back on her social media pages, while also having included some posts in the booklet housed in her new LP, Lover.

In one entry, she gushes lots over one of Perth’s most iconic heritage buildings: the (very beautiful) Indiana Tea House.

“So here we are in Perth. It’s a beach town on the Indian Ocean and it’s beautiful,” penned Swift on March 2, 2012.

“I went to Cottesloe Beach,” she continues. “I’ve never seen water that crystal blue before. There was this festival going on so there were all these sculptures set up on the beach.” [Referring to the annual Sculptures By The Sea event].

“It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, with old world arches and moldings, antique tables, and big French doors opening out to views of azure blue ocean.”

“We went to this restaurant right on the beach called Indiana. It was build in 1910 and looked like an old fancy hotel. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, with old world arches and moldings, antique tables and big French doors opening out to views of azure blue ocean.”

Swift, who features on this month’s cover of Vogue, above, went on to describe how she sat in the Indiana for hours drinking strawberry mojitos and eating calamari.

Her ‘love letter’ to the Indiana might see mining magnate Andrew Forrest reconsidering his plans to tear down the tea house.

Forrest’s company, Minderoo Group, released plans last month for alternative development options on the site which would require the heritage building to be torn down.

Considering Swift’s popularity continues to grow, Forrest might want to consider her love letter as a serious call to keeping the Indiana Tea House intact.

Considering Swift has 121 million Instagram followers alone – and that her popularity continues to grow after winning a bunch of MTV video music awards this week, Forrest – affectionately known as ‘Twiggy’ – might want to consider her love letter as a serious call to keeping the Indiana Tea House intact.

Indeed, it’d be a shame to see a man known for his philanthropic commitments to suddenly get all greedy on us and not consider the importance of Perth’s important heritage sites.

Lisa Andrews & Antonino Tati

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