Sydney Architecture Images- Gone but not forgotten

The Rural Bank 

architect

 

location

52 Martin Place

date

1936

style

Inter-War Art Deco

construction

Green terracotta cladding 58 m 190 ft, 12 floors

type

Bank
  This was very contentiously demolished in the mid eighties to make way for the new State Bank tower.
 
 
 
 
"If the primary activity of the nation was erection, improvement and expansion of buildings and land then, with few exceptions, the perceived or actual worth of the land was the only criteria by which it could be judged, and if the buildings were in a vernacular that was of another place and time, and were worth more demolished than standing then down they came."

Garrett, P. ‘National Estate or Real Estate: Crunch Time for the Harbour City’, 1999 http://www.nsw.nationaltrust.org.au
The Rural Bank Building in Sydney's Martin Place was a granite and sandstone shrine to high art deco.

 



 

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