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Item details

Name of item: Commonwealth Bank
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Commercial
Category: Bank
Primary address: 180 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW 2480
Local govt. area: Lismore
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
180 Molesworth StreetLismoreLismore  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

Good example of an Inter-War Beaux Arts style. Strong Classical elements are typical of similar designs for the Bank, built across the country during this period. In keeping with the impression of balance, solidity, and conservative aesthetics which a bank would wish to convey during the Depression years. Such a large building also signifies Lismore's commercial importance. Important streetscape contribution. Forms a good period group with neighbours and buildings in Spinks Park/Civic Precinct (see listing 40009). High local significance.
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Designer/Maker: Commonwealth Government Architect ?
Construction years: 1931-1931
Physical description: 2 storey rectangular plan building with rendered masonry walls. There is a modestly ornamented frieze and a hipped tile roof with exposed rafters. The facade comprises of a 2 storey recessed portico with two square and two round fluted Corinthian columns. The portico is richly moulded with Classical ornamentation. The corners of the cornice of the building are topped with a wing shaped ornament. Coursed render. Metal frame multi-pane casement windows.
Modifications and dates: Unsympathetic aluminum frame doors. Signage and flagpole. Air conditioner.


Historical notes: The site was acquired in 1930 and the building was occupied in 1931. Possibly designed by the Commonwealth Government Architect's office.

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as aesthetically rare locally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically representative locally. This item is assessed as historically representative locally. This item is assessed as socially representative locally.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  08 Jun 01   
Local Environmental PlanLismore Local Environmental Plan 2012I6422 Feb 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     
Heritage study  01 Oct 95   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Lismore Heritage Study199420008Perumal Murphy Wu Pty LtdAW, VM No

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Written 0National Trust listing form, 1987

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1950044

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