Former Bank Of Australasia, Melbourne

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The Former Bank of Australasia building is a neoclassical structure located in the Melbourne city centre. It stands on the corner of Queen Street and Collins Street, right in the centre of the Melbourne banking and offices precinct. The five-storeys building had played an integral part in Melbourne’s economy during the Gold rush and the great depression. It was designed by Reed and Barnes architect and constructed in 1876.
The building has gone under two renovations, with the first renovation being done by A&K Henderson between 1929–30 and the second being an interior renovation in 1970. The Former Bank of Australasia building was the main headquarters of the Bank of Australasia between 1876-1974. It is now a private apartment building known as Treasury on Collins.
The Former Bank of Australasia can be categorized as a neoclassical building. It was an architectural style mostly used in the 1800s. Built in a superimposed trabeated system, the building lack of ornamental design and its usage of the Doric order read strength and solidity, personalities that define the rapid growth of Melbourne’s (Port Philip) economy during the 1870s. Reed and Barnes initial design was for a two storeys building. The building was 20.7 meters high and occupied 890 square meters area of land1. The exterior of the building is similar to any other trabeated building, exposing pilasters that carry the main cornices and parapets. The façade was clothed with Oamaru free stone imported from New Zealand, and the basement was constructed of Malmesbury stone.
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  • This former Bank of Australasia building was built in 1875-1876 (two floors) and three floors were added in 1929-1931 in a matching style.There was a banking chamber,vaults, board room and...  more »
  • The Bank of Australasia was founded in Sydney in 1835. It followed with opening branches in Hobart and Launceston, and then in Melbourne in 1838. Due to vigorous growth in the Melbourne economy, it...  more »

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