NOW AND THEN IN BURNIE
Last week I posted a selection of images from the Weekly Courier showing various retailers in and around Burnie. One image I was drawn to in particular was a bank situated at 75 Wilson Street. This bank had a prominent corner position with a balcony to the side and Doric columns supporting the front entrance.
The building in itself was designed by one of the more notable Tasmanian architects of the period, George Stanley Crisp. A typical example of his work is the Odeon at 167 Liverpool Street in Hobart.
When the bank opened in September 1911, the building was described as a two storey building of brick and stone with tile roof containing in all 16 rooms. The residential portion contained 13 rooms and a balcony with a private entrance on Cattley Street.
This corner block was previously vacated by Francis Beeby Wallis around 1908 (see biography).
According to the Burnie Heritage Study, the building is a good example of the Federation Free Style of architecture.
Below is a Now and Then comparison of the property from when it was published in the Weekly Courier in 1919 to the Royal Visit in 1954 and the building as it appears today.
In 1921, the Commercial Bank of Tasmania was sold to the English, Scottish and Australia Bank, which later merged with ANZ in 1970.
Below is a street view of the corner after the bank changed hands. Seen at far left is Winter’s Studio, which was built around the same time in 1911. Previously the studio was situated on Mount Street.
If anyone is interested in a snapshot overview of Australian architecture, this is a video worth seeing. It was filmed in Launceston.
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