2 Collingwood Street

2 Collingwood Street
2 Collingwood Street

Not many people walking past will even notice this ornate doorway, look closer and the caption “Northern Assurance Company” becomes visible. Collingwood Street was once Newcastle’s Wall Street, festooned with banks and insurance companies.

Northern Assurance Company Ltd
Northern Assurance Company Ltd

Northern Assurance contributed $2.5 Million dollars after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, the largest insurance payout ever made at the time. Shortly thereafter the company became a limited liability company. Today the doorway is cracked and looking like its suffered itself from an earthquake.

Newcastle has many extraordinary doorways, not just this one.

Newcastle's extraordinary doors
Newcastle’s extraordinary doors