Bank of Australasia (Former)
28 Queen Street West And 1 Bristol Street, Levin
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
5th September 1985
Extent of List Entry
Extent includes the land described as Pt Sec 12 Blk IX Town of Levin (CT WN6A/885) Wellington Land District and the building known as Bank of Australasia (Former) thereon.
Horizons (Manawatu-Wanganui) Region
Pt Sec 12 Blk IX Town of Levin (CT WN6A/885), Wellington Land District
The Bank of Australasia (Former), Levin, was designed as a branch bank by the prominent architectural firm of Crichton & McKay in 1905 in an Edwardian Classical style. Located on a prominent street corner, the building has architectural, historical and social significance for its role as a provincial financial institution, and high streetscape appeal.
The Bank of Australasia (Former) is a two-storey timber weatherboard commercial building; the design included accommodation for the bank manager upstairs, with four bedrooms. The building is decorated with a bracketed cornice and balustrade around the roofline, which includes a pediment on the Queen Street West frontage. The side entrance located on Bristol Street comprises a porch with coloured glass. The building cost £1,440. Constructed of native timbers, it retains its concrete strongroom with heavy metal door.
The Bank of Australasia merged with the Union Bank of Australia in 1951, becoming the Australia and New Zealand Bank Ltd (ANZ), but in Levin both banks continued in separate premises until December 1956 when they moved into new shared premises on Oxford Street. The property was sold to a Mrs Dorothy Herring in 1958, who owned it for ten years. Subsequent owners and tenants have included the Department of Social Welfare, Citizens Advice Bureau, law and architects’ offices and real estate agents.
Crichton & McKay
No biography is currently available for this construction professional
15th April 2013
Report Written By
Natasha Naus and Vivienne Morrell
1 March 1905, p. 8.
29 Oct 2008, p.1.
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