|former Bank of New Zealand|
Oarmaru is uncannily white. It reflects the sun like those iconic Greek villages. The imposing c1865 - 1885 civic and commercial buildings seem to glow from within. At its heyday Oamaru was known as 'the Whitestone City.' Today it's considered "New Zealand's most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings."
|Australian Mutual Provident Society, St. Luke's Church|
|former Oarmaru Chief Post Office 1884|
|L. Bank of Otago/National Bank 1871|
R. Bank of New South Wales 1883
When only classical would suffice. How to communicate the solidity of your banking house? A pedimented portico would do nicely.
The former Bank of New South Wales was converted to an art gallery in 1983.
|L. Union Building 1877 R.Smith's Grain Store 1882|
(that and the Victorian penchant for overdecorating...)
Trust is committed to preserving the Victorian precinct and making it a worldwide destination. From the buzz in the streets, town square, galleries and workshops, I'd say they're having success.
Oh, and elegant Oamaru is also the (self-proclaimed) steam-punk capital of the world! For another visit. You can have a read about this unlikely pairing here. Or why not start at the steam-punk HQ and have a wander. Loved Oamaru. Hope to revisit.
|Criterion Hotel 1877|