Sunday, 9 November 2014

ASB Bank

Built in 1932.

Some say this is the finest example of Maori carving on a European style building in New Zealand.

A real mix of art deco and Maori design

In August 1990 the bank received a merit award from Art Deco Trust 

On either side of the entrance are 2 corbels these represent “the wealth of the 
Also note the window above the doorway

Again the window which can be viewed as one leaves the bank

Friezes decorated with Maori art of Kowhaiwhai patterns in red, black & white.  These are similar to the patterns that are found in Maori meeting houses.  Twelve to fourteen plasterers worked for a month or more on these decorative features.