Bank of Indochine (now Vietcombank)

Georges André Trové
1930





The Art Deco front

The design of this bank illustrates that at this historical time period (the 1930s), Vietnamese architecture (via the French) was following the most avant garde styles--in this case art deco. See the Hall of State (originally State of Texas Building) in Dallas, or the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D. C. for similar examples, contemporary with this Asian bank.
 
Like most Art Deco buildings, this bank is very geometrical with a flat roof. It has very little ornamentation and has a planar, industrial look. It does, however, have balustrades on the main floor loggia, Asian design motifs at the top of each bay, and a central emphasis with the "modern" dome.
 



Click here to go to the Vietnam Index.

Click here to return to index of art historical sites.

Click here to return to index of artists and architects.

Click here to return to chronological index.

Click here to see the home page of Bluffton University.


© 2004 Mary Ann Sullivan. I have photographed (on site), scanned, and manipulated all the images on these pages. Please feel free to use them for personal or educational purposes. (I would appreciate being told if you find them useful.) They are not available for commercial purposes without my explicit permission.

Page maintained by Mary Ann Sullivan, sullivanm@bluffton.edu