Today I will share a clipping relating to the evolution of the building that occupies the site.
In 1964, a 20 level building was proposed, which would have been according to The Sydney Morning Herald as about the same height as the Reserve Bank Building directly opposite. It would have been a "giant" for Sydney but today would be a "dwarf" against the 70 and 80 levels that some Sydney towers are or will be.
Source: Anonymous. 1964. "Office Giant for City." The Sydney Morning Herald, November 6: 3.
However, in 1967, we saw the conception of the eventual design. The tower would end up being 30 levels or 119 metres tall.
Source: Anonymous. 1967. "381ft over Martin Place". The Daily Telegraph, December 8: 9.
It was completed in 1970 and would be the headquarters for the Wales Bank (rebranded Westpac) until 2006 when it relocated its headquarters to in Kent Street.
|The tower as seen from Sydney Tower. Photograph taken by the Author.|
|The proposed tower to replace the existing Westpac Building. Sourced from the Skyscrapercity Forums.|