Friday, June 29, 2007

New Albin Savings Bank's historic addition

New Albin Savings Bank bought the old building next door to it, where the old grocery store was until just recently. Their plan was to fix the building, expand into part of it and lease the rest. The building turned out to have a lot more wrong with it than anyone had guessed, which is how these things usually go, and the renovation has been expensive, but the fruits are now visible for all to admire.

I'm calling it a "historic addition" because the building is not new, and the bank was respectful of the old structure as it converted it to use as a modern bank.

This is the lobby, located in the main section of the bank. Through those doors is the "new" part of the bank.

This is the same wall, seen from the new addition. Note that they exposed the wonderful old stone wall. Can you see how thick that wall is? Amazing.

The same hallway, this time viewed from the back of the bank.

And from a few steps further back.

At the very front of the new section, looking out on the street, is a break room/conference room. The double French doors open into that hallway I just showed you.

The break room has a woodstove in one end for coziness.

The sight of the camera sent everyone scurrying for cover. That's Bank President Barry Fruechte, hiding behind one of his customers.

This is a peek into one of the new offices, with the exposed limestone wall. That one belongs to Allen Meiners, who was off doing important things when I was taking photos.

This is an amazing old desk that belonged to the first bank president of NASB. It looks like that spot was created especially for it. I am told that it was a happy accident, however. You would have gotten to see Jake Imhoff in that picture except that he leaped to safety at the last possible second.

My last photo is of one of the windows at the back with the late morning sun streaming through it.

The bank is only using maybe a quarter of the space in the building and is looking for good tenants for the rest.

Oh, and I used real names for this post - these are all bank officers with their names all over legal paperwork that anybody can access so I don't think they will mind.

1 comment:

Debra Stantic said...

You did an outstanding job of capturing the beauty of the bank addition. To me the New Albin Savings Bank is the pillar of town, and I applaud their efforts in expanding and working for a strong business plan for New Albin. New Albin Savings Bank is more than a bank to me. Their involvement with community affairs, fundraisers, community activities, and their exceptional customer service to their hardworking customers is the best. Bravo!!! Debra Stantic (Granddaughter to Paulus and Anna Pohlman) Mother is Dorothy Pohlman