Built in 1848 by the renowned Sydney architect Henry Robertson, this sandstone building with its granite columns and marble balustrades was the site of the first Savings Bank of New South Wales, which later became the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. When the bank sold the property in 1995, the building had been in continuous use for almost 150 years.
The three-storey colonnade facing Barrack Street is an exceptional example of Victorian Greek Revival design with the columns on each floor strictly following classical rules of proportion and decoration, and can be considered the best of its type in Australia.
Inside, the main stairwell has glorious stained-glass windows and original woodwork, and around the building some surfaces have been scraped back to reveal decorative finishes from many different periods.
Inside the original entrance on Barrack Street is a chronological display of archival photographs and descriptions that take you through the history of the building from 1850 to the present day.
Visitors will be able to access the main entrance, stairway, boardroom and balconies.
Main entrance, ground floor foyer, stairs to level 1, level 1 Boardroom, level 1 Boardroom verandah.
Talks, tours & more
Historical photographs and information panels are featured on the first floor. Original floor and wall finishes are exposed in some areas to reveal finishes of the day.
Priority access for SLM Members
Members get priority access to this building
Show your special Member wristband to gain priority access during Sydney Open.
Access to level 1 is by stairs only.