Holmes Baker and Confectioner / Commonwealth Bank

Address:38-40 Ocean Beach Road

The Commonwealth Bank now occupies the corner site at Ocean Beach Road and George Street which was formerly the State Savings Bank of Victoria building. The scale of this building respects that of the town’s streetscape. Painted off-white, this brick building attempts to blend into the broader town precinct. In terms of design, it does nothing for the prominent street corner it occupies in the centre of town. Indeed it is worth examining the street corners in Ocean Beach Road – apart from the Continental Hotel little attention has been paid to these sites over the years. Evidence suggests that many architectural and town planning opportunities have been missed over the years to consider the town as a whole and mark significant points along the way.