Bank of New South Wales

Bank of New South Wales

Erected as the head office in

Adelaide of the Bank of New South Wales between 1938-1941, it is associated with the consolidation of banking and commercial agcncies, and is part of the intense rebuilding program carried out by these agencies in the interwar years. Architecturally thc building is of note as it demonstrates the austerity of detail and the refinement of 'jazz' and 'waterfall' elements typical of this period. Reminiscent of much European architecture of the lnter-war years, it exemplifies the reduction of the Classical design system to essential elements such as base, pilasters, cornice and horizontal termination. Thc design of metal-work to windows and design of the entrance are important as is the detailing of mouldings which are bold and simple. This building, and the AMP opposite, act as gate posts to the City from northern approaches. It is an important part of the North Terrace boulevard helping to define a boundary of the City. Although the external integrity of this building is high, the interior has been much altered during recent renovations. The building changed to Westpac Bank and is currently the site for Jamie's Italian Restaurant.

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Significance

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This building made several advances in the use of concrete as a building material. It is an excellent example of inter-war architecture.


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Architects
Phillip Claridge, Frank Hassell, Jack McConnell
Builders
Hansen and Yuncken
Building materials
Concrete
Architectural styles
3.12 Inter-War Period (c. 1915–c. 1940), 3.21 Functionalist & Moderne
Construction
1938 - 1941 

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Alterations

Description
Construction commenced
5/7/1979
Construction completed
5/7/2018
Architecture and design features
Phillip Claridge, Frank Hassell, Jack McConnell, ashlar cladding, Early Modern
Engineering features
 
Precinct
Riverbank
Council Ward
Central
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
17
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Bank of New South Wales
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Commercial, Bank
AS2482 classification
10100 - Occupied buildings in general
Public Access
Business/trading hours
 
NTSA ID
3635
State Heritage ID
11753
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
26256
RNE ID
26256
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5728/233 F181848 A196
NTSA file exists
Yes
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA classified
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
3 Developing a City Economy
3.1.10 Moderism
3.3 Financing Adelaide
3.3.2 Banking
Topics
Depression
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 6: Australia as a Nation
ACHHK116
 

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