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Netherlands Bank Building
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal


Street:Smith Street

Cumming George 1933

THE Nederlanclsche Bank voor Zuid Afrika, called also Netherlands Bank Building, is a very arresting structure in the dignity of its general appearance.

From a plinth of undressed mountain stone, the smooth dressed stone rises to the height of the wide band which carries the name across the facade. Above this is a special brick, exposed, given some slight patterning on the top floor where the iron balconies occur.

The shaped heads to windows and entrance door also give character to the building, as do the bronze fanlights and name plates.

The interior is equally dignified.

(Cumming-George 1934:91; SAB Jun 1933: 37; OD 340a-c; Hillebrand 1986:437)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 91
Durban Art Deco Society . 2021. Durban Art Deco : Heritage of a Sub-tropical African City. Durban: Durban Art Deco Society. pg 76
Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910-1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pg 437