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Commercial Bank Building

Item details

Name of item: Commercial Bank Building
Other name/s: Cbc Bank of Sydney
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 117 - 119 Vincent Street, Cessnock, NSW 2325
Parish: Pokolbin
County: Northumberland
Local govt. area: Cessnock
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
117 - 119 Vincent StreetCessnockCessnockPokolbinNorthumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Of historic significance as evidence of the confidence of external commercial enterprises in the continued wealth of the coal resources of the South Maitland field (Source: Pike, Walker and Associates, 1994). One of the few major banks to establish in Cessnock in the post war period and the best example of the Classical Revival in the Centre. Prominent building in an important part of the street (Source: Purdon Associates, 1992).
Date significance updated: 27 Sep 02
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Designer/Maker: Kent & Massie
Physical description: Inter-war Academic Classical style two storey classical styled bank originally of brown face brick with cream painted columns and glazed brick decoration (Source: Pike, Walker and Associates, 1994). The major modifications to the building is the painting of external brickwork and flamboyant colour scheme (Source: Purdon Associates, 1992).
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Date condition updated:09 Mar 07
Current use: Office and retail - Community Transport
Former use: Bank


Historical notes: Built at the time of consolidation of the mining towns following the initial surge of population and development in the first decade of the century. Its imposing architectural style illustrates the bank's confidence in the wealth of the coal resource in the 1920s. It is presently used for office and retail space.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services 7.7 Manufacturing, commerce and services-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The item is historically significant because it is one of the few major banks to establish in Cessnock in the post war period and the best example of the Classical Revival in the Centre.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The item is aesthetically significant because it is a good example of an Inter-war academic classicial style building and because of its bulk, size and presence in the streetscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The item is socially significant because it illustrates the bank's confidence in the wealth of the coal resource in the 1920's.
Integrity/Intactness: The building is intact and in good condition.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

Recommendations include: - Encourage upgrading of immediate street context and laneway. - Maintain all original detail including windows, doors, classical detail, and graphics. - Prevent the development of "shopfronts" in the building. - Prevent the erection of awnings on the building. - Encourage sympathetic colour scheme consistent with original brick and stone coloured dressings. Suggested colour scheme: Walls-Light Brown BS410; Base Course, Columns, Cornice, Pediment-Biscuit BS369; Top of base course, capitals, graphics-Light stone BS361; Window sashes and frames, doors-Venetian Red BS445. (Source: Purdon Associates, 1992).


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Regional Environmental PlanHunter Heritage REP, 1989Schedule 3 - Items of Local Environmental Heritage25 Sep 89   
Local Environmental PlanCessnock LEP 1989 03 Nov 89   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
City of Cessnock Heritage Study1994243Pike, Penelope; Walker, Meredith and Associates  Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenPurdon and Associates and Suters Architects Snell1992Cessnock Main Street Study

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1340180

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