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Waterloo, Iowa

Converting Black's Supermarket to the National Bank of Waterloo required the multi-faceted design-build skills of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation. In an ad by the BB&ECA, they touted how this project was done without altering the basic structure or framework of the original supermarket, for example, turning the meat market into a teller's window. The headlines of the ad read "from bananas to banking... Supermarket becomes Money-market."

Published in Iowa

South Bend, Indiana

Modernization by the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America for this building that was occupied by the St. Joseph Bank & Trust provided 65% more space on the first floor than previously for the main banking area. In addition, the bank expanded with a cafeteria in the basement and with offices onto the second floor, which was previously leased. The main entrance was remodeled with aluminum and glass with the public lobby now having rubber tile. Many of the attractive interior qualities that were also added were attributed to the large increase in business during remodeling for the bank.

It was reported that thousands turned out for the bank's reopening. Cost for the remodeling was estimated to be $400,000 for the 83 year old structure. Many souvenirs were distributed and the South Bend Tribune devoted a section of four pages on January 11, 1953 to the bank's accomplishments and the re-opening celebration.

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Published in Indiana

Alton, Illinois

The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation designed an addition and interior remodeling plan for modernizing the First National Bank & Trust which increased the area by 100%. As part of the renovation, a small half balcony of the old building was converted to a modern mezzanine.

Published in Illinois


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Tampa, Florida

An interior remodeling was performed by the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation for the First National Bank of Tampa. After the remodeling, it was noted in a newspaper announcement that the Savings Department had an amazing twenty teller counters, all with recessed curbs made of Saint Genevieve Brech Rose marble.

Published in Florida

Clearwater, Florida

As part of the renovation, the main entrance of the bank was changed from North Ft. Harrison Street to Cleveland Street. Extensive alterations and reconstruction on the interior were made to modernize the facility, making more room for customers and the various departments of the bank. The work was estimated to cost $100,000. Architects for First National Bank of Clearwater were Roy Wakeling and L.S. Shepherd of Bank Building and Equipment Corporation of America while the contractor was Clearwater Construction Co.

Published in Florida

Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation executed an interior remodel of this 98-year old building that took it from a square look to a round look. At the same time, operational efficiency was increased by doubling customer space, moving from twelve teller windows to eighteen. Materials used in the remodeling included brown Tennessee marble with black Verde antique base, a pastel green and tan terrazzo floor in the lobby, and walnut woodwork around the tellers.

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Published in Wisconsin

Huntington, West Virginia

In 1955, the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation designed an extensive interior renovation for the Guaranty National Bank. The project used modern plaster and was documented in a photo by the Certain-teed plaster contractor. When completed it was touted as the most modern structure in the Tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. There are several common elements in this interior remodel that the Bank Building Corporation employed frequently: smooth rounded elements, fluorescent lighting, wood furniture casing and cabinets, ample clear floor space in the room's center for customers, and white finishes excepting two murals that appear to depict local scenes are behind the tellers. The contractor for the project was C.H. Jimison & Sons of Huntington.

Since that time, the 10-story historic building in the downtown Huntington Historic District has undergone substantial renovations. The main, mezzanine, and second floors continue to be occupied by Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. At least part of the space, however, has been restored to its historic elegance. Floors eight, nine, and ten are occupied by a Huntington law firm and the penthouse has been rehabilitated as a living unit for the building owner. The remaining floors are open for development.

Photo Credit

Photos by John Rappold
Photo #5:  jgjackson2 on flickr

Published in West Virginia

Washington, D.C.

W.G. Knoebel served as lead architect for the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America for a ground floor remodel for a branch location of the Interstate Building Association. The corner location included one door entry from each street at the corner, large signs along both streets, an exterior of dark stone, and large picture windows. Today, no remaining aspects of this design remain at this location.

Research credit: Natalie Perrin

Photo credit: Oregon Historical Society

Published in Washington, D.C.

Wichita Falls, Texas

In this modernization completed by the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation, First National Bank received an exterior face-lifting and complete remodeling of the interior. On the first floor, new teller windows were added and the lobby space was increased. On the second floor, the former mezzanine was completely enclosed, most commonly for new offices, and an employee recreation room and Pullman kitchen installed. A new drive-in teller window was added in the rear of the building to serve auto patrons.

Published in Texas

Temple, Texas

The modernization for this five-story building provided a large, modern lobby, quick access to all banking services. The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation's design separated the main building from the new Park-and-Bank facilities where customers could head-in park and step a few feet out to teller windows to make transactions. On the other side of the Park-and-Bank building, a drive-through provided availability for motor banking by car. Upon the new bank's grand opening, over 7,800 people turned out for the celebration. A ten page special newspaper section appeared in advance of the open house to promote the modern, new design and welcome customers and curious tourists.

Published in Texas

Mansfield, Ohio

The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation was also the contractor of record on the bank's recent remodeling for the main office downtown. With that successful project behind them, Richland Trust Co. embarked on building a one-story, 2,000 square-foot branch of modern design with two drive-up windows.

Published in Ohio

Lima, Ohio

This interior remodeling of the Metropolitan Bank of Lima consisted of expanding the lobby. The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation served as consultant and construction manager for the estimated $250,000 project.

Published in Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

The Bank Building & Equipment Corporation was contracted to do an interior remodeling of The Capital Bank.

Published in Ohio

New York City, New York

A new façade was completed on the building that was part of remodeling for which the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation served as general contractor. A wide band of porcelain enamel panels faced with gold was placed across the façade between the second and third floors and in strips at the side of the building, covering a reported 2,800 square feet. Using 22-carat gold facing, at that time it was believed to be the heaviest gold percentage used to date on a building with each of the 792 panels covered with 95-100 percent gold. The panels were fabricated and installed by Emco Porcelain Enamel Company and the gold coating process developed by Engelhard Industries, Inc.

Published in New York

New York City, New York

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Published in New York

Brooklyn, New York

The improved entrance for this older building's design by Bank Building & Equipment Corporation included stainless steel framing and plate glass doors. On the interior a modern aesthetic was applied. Recessed, incandescent light fixtures were set into an acoustical tile ceiling, and a checkerboard pattern tile floor and walnut teller desk with black Formica were installed.

Published in New York

Farmington, Missouri

W.A. Sarmiento designed an interior remodel for a bank but no further information is available.

Published in Missouri

Sikeston, Missouri

The St. Louis Bank Building & Equipment Co. may have been the first design/build firm to serve the financial industry on a national scale.  However, they were not exempt from feeling the ramifications brought on by the Great Depression, which brought almost a complete halt to bank construction and remodeling. The company’s only job during the depression years was as both architect and general contractor for the Bank of Sikeston.  This project has been attributed to holding the company over during the early 1930s.

The Bank of Sikeston was a small classical style, stone structure with built up massing, parapet walls and adorned with fluted columns and a detailed beltcourse at the roofline.  From the tall windows deeply recessed into the walls provided to the centrally placed flagpole at the top of the building, the overall design demonstrated the characteristic strength of banks in an era when how money was handled was on everyone’s mind.


Main lobby was remodeled, rearranging teller window placement and offices in an ongoing modernization program. Previous glass and metal separations and rails were removed and shorter walnut partitions installed. A customer lounge was installed and a new mural painted on the north wall. Many of these improvements were done to provide better overall facilities, especially targeted for women customers. The bank was remodeled again in 1972 by the BB&ECA, largely focusing on exterior alterations.

Photo credit:  Ruth Keenoy

Published in Missouri

Santa Ana, California

From Fischer’s Malt Shop on Broadway, the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation converted the small traditional brick building and its neighboring commercial building into the First Federal Savings and Loan through an extensive renovation.  The grand opening in 1951 attracted many leaders throughout the city to see the new teller windows and offices, which reflected the classical tradition of the exterior, but provided open, bright, and efficient banking.  A popular element for banks during this period, First Federal Savings and Loan installed a new sign on the exterior that displayed the bank’s name in neon and alternated a display between time and temperature on a lighted readout.

Published in California