8 Feb 2014

The Old New Plymouth Savings Bank

The city branch of the TSB Bank was closed on Friday  4th October 2013 and is unlikely to reopen.
The 83-year-old building has undergone an engineer's seismic assessment and has been declared an earthquake risk.
The TSB Bank board of directors met and made the decision to close the building as soon as possible.
A newspaper article said:
"It was a difficult decision to make. But for the safety and well-being of our people and city branch customers, it is the right decision," TSB managing director Kevin Murphy said.
The building, which has a category two rating from the Historical Places Trust, is owned by the TSB Bank, which was founded as the New Plymouth Savings Bank in 1850.

This building has now come on the property market. So who knows what will happen to it next. I decided a sketch was in order to act as a record of this beautiful old building. I always loved to go into it.

Ironically we have had many earthquakes during this building's lifetime, some of them quite large. To date nothing has fallen down or injured anyone!

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