Commercial Bank of Australia (former), Hobsons Bay Heritage Study 2006
Statement of Significance
What is Significant?
The former Commercial Bank of Australia, designed by Smith & Ogg and constructed in 1892, at 193 Nelson Place, Williamstown.
How is it Significant?
The former Commercial Bank of Australia at 193 Nelson Place, Williamstown is of local historic and aesthetic significance to the City of Hobsons Bay.
Why is it Significant?
Historically, as the third major bank constructed in Nelson Place it demonstrates its importance as the main commercial centre in Williamstown during the latter part of the nineteenth century. (AHC criteria A4 and G1)
Aesthetically, it is significant as a relatively late example of an Italian Renaissance Revival commercial building with typically rich detailing to the principal facades. Situated on a prominent corner site at a key intersection, opposite a similarly styled former Bank, it makes an important contribution to the historic character of the Nelson Place precinct. (AHC criteria E1 and F1)