Architect: John Gibson
Built for the National Provincial Bank of England. The specialist bank architect John Gibson (1817-1892) designed over forty branches for the firm, including six in the North East. The Classical façade of his Sunderland branch masks a complex internal division of public and private space. A banking hall occupied the ground floor and the upper storeys housed offices and residential quarters for a caretaker. Elevation of new branch proposal published in The Building News, February 14th 1879.