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Former Inverell Shire Council building

Item details

Name of item: Former Inverell Shire Council building
Other name/s: Bank Of New South Wales; The White House
Primary address: 56 Byron Street (opposite the end of Otho Street), Inverell, NSW 2360
Local govt. area: Inverell
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
56 Byron Street (opposite the end of Otho Street)InverellInverell  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

This building is one of the few Victorian buildings left in the business centre of the town. When built it was a very grand building for Inverell and reflected the mining boom of the 1880s. It occupies the most important streetscape location in the town opposite the end of Otho Street, and contributes significantly to the surviving nineteenth century character of the town centre.

Within the town centre precinct.

An outstanding intact Victorian Italianate style bank building and one of the finest and most sophisticated buildings in the Shire. The building is located on one of the most important streetscape sites of the town facing up Otho Street. Its presence is enhanced by the raised ground floor level.
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Designer/Maker: Parkes, Varney
Construction years: 1890-
Physical description: 1890 - Varney Parkes architect. A two-storeyed Victorian Italianate rendered brick bank building with hipped roof (now tiled) and large rendered chimneys. The asymmetrical facade features a small entrance portico near one end with small pediment at roof level supported on Corinthian pilasters; three-bay two-storey verandah under the main roof with arched opening and masonry balustrade; roundheaded doors and French windows, Corinthian pilasters along the facade, dentillated eaves and swag mouldings in the entablature between floors around the entrance portico. Interior retains original stairs, joinery, marble chimney pieces, arches and plaster and pressed metal ceilings. General condition fair to good. Built 1890 for the Bank of New South Wales, which had established in Inverell in 1872. Became the Shire Council Chambers in 1962. The building was given foundations four metres deep and reinforced with railway lines to combat movement on the black soil which is a common problem in Inverell. It remains structurally sound. Architectural Style: Victorian Italianate. Building Material: Rendered brick, tiled roof, rendered chimneys, Corinthian pilasters, marble chimney pieces

A two storey rendered brick Victorian Italianate style bank with raised ground floor, with hipped roof (now tiled) and asymetrical street fa├žade reflecting residence and bank chamber. Residence has three bay arched and two storied verandahs with Corinthian pilasters and masonry balustrades. The chambers have entrance with windows on each side with pediment at roof level supported with pilasters.
The building's ground floor is raised to avoid flooding, and the basement floor opens to the rear.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Sound, Intact
Date condition updated:19 Oct 12
Further information: Byron Street 56, Opposite The End Of Otho Street
Current use: Commercial activities
Former use: Bank of New South Wales

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Towns, suburbs and villages-Activities associated with creating, planning and managing urban functions, landscapes and lifestyles in towns, suburbs and villages (none)-


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan BYR00519 Aug 88   
Local Environmental PlanInverell LEP 2012I08607 Dec 12   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
National Trust Country Register03054National Trust of Australia (NSW)  No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenReymond, M National Trust of Australia (NSW)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1820220

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