Old Bank Arcade

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Old Bank Arcade
Old Bank Arcade Wellington 2015.JPG
Old Bank Shopping Arcade
General information
Architectural style Edwardian Baroque/Renaissance classicism
Location 239-247 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates Coordinates: 41°17′10″S 174°46′35″E / 41.286075°S 174.776285°E / -41.286075; 174.776285
Completed 1901
Design and construction
Architect Thomas Turnbull and Son[1]
Main contractor T Carmichael[1]
Official name Bank of New Zealand Building (No 1)
Designated 7 April 1983
Reference no. 212
Lambton Quay facade

The Old Bank Arcade (also known as the Bank of New Zealand building) is a historic building on Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand.

The building, designed by Thomas Turnbull, is located on the site of Plimmer's Ark. The only bank building of the group specifically commissioned by the Bank of New Zealand, its solid mass has long been a landmark, wrapping itself around the corner of its prominent wedge-shaped site. Turnbull's original design was deemed "too lavish" and a second, more modest, design was proposed. Built by T Carmichael, it is a brickwork shell with timber flooring, pressed metal ceilings and plaster decoration. The hall was described by the New Zealand Mail of 1901 as "a handsome, lofty room, said to be one of the largest of its kind in the colonies".[1]

The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'") historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[2]

Old Bank Clock


  1. ^ a b c Kernohan, D. (1994). "Wellington's Old Buildings", Wellington: Victoria University Press
  2. ^ "Bank of New Zealand Building (No.1)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 21 December 2009.