Building name: Former Commercial Bank of
Address: 82 Rangitikei Street
Construction date: 1965
Architect: James Walker and Lloyd Love
Architectural style: Post Ward Stripped Classical
District Plan Category: 2
Building number: 41
Heritage NZ Category: Nil
This building was built for the Commercial Bank of Australia in 1965. Little is known of the history of the building. The Commercial was one of a number of banking institutions which later formed Westpac.
The building is an essay in the architecture of the 1960's Late Twentieth Stripped Classical style. Features of the style seen in this building include; the symmetry, a horizontal skyline, vertical strip windows with pilasters between, a broad horizontal parapet in the manner of a Classical entablature, and slight triangular shaped entrance suggestive of a pediment. Typical, too, of the period are the exterior and interior furnishings and fittings. The building has exterior terrazzo panels (imitating the Classical use of stone) and aluminium glazing, while acoustic panelling, painted concrete portal frames and timber ply panelling are visible on the interior. The ground floor is essentially open plan with the upper floor rooms reached by a U shaped mezzanine floor. The timber balustrading and long tubular light fittings complete the authentic period building.
Summary of Heritage Values
The building is a creative Stripped Classical style design using materials and forms typically associated with 1960's architecture and now becoming rare.
The building is authentic and is representative of a past style which is becoming rare.
The building has economic, functional and educational values.
Statement of Significance
Because of its age, the building has limited historic significance although it does have an obvious association with one of the commercial predecessors to Westpac Banking Corporation. This building is significant for its architectural style, use of materials and level of authenticity, now rare even for a building of this age.
Building Permit Plans, PNCC (Microfilm file), 366/78-82
Thorrold-Jaggard Collection, PNCC Archives