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Friday, November 19, 2010

Tenterfield Art Deco Commonwealth Bank

Tenterfield, situated in inland Northern New South Wales is small town full of character. There are several Modernist buildings in the town including various small shop facades, a wonderful streamline brick hotel, a bold post war church, and 2 stripped classical art deco banks.

The Commonwealth Bank style is a common one throughout many Australian towns, and this stripped classical art deco style is one I have come across many a time.

Indeed they make a bold statement as you gaze at the main facade and enter through the central front door.


  1. Good stuff Thomas. As part of my research into the Commonwealth Bank building in Melbourne, have gathered some images of CBA buildings around Australia, and will do an article on them for Spirit of Progress soon. One of the best still standing is in Darwin. The Tenterfield one is quite similar to those in Leeton and other NSW towns - in Melbourne, they tended to build their banks on corner sites (and to use a Gothic font for the bank name!) regards Robin

  2. Fantastic shot Thomas. It would be great if they put in another two ATMs on the other side to keep the symmetry of the building.

  3. Thanks Robin and David for your comments. Look forward to seeing your story Robin.