Uniontown bank building brought back from despair
building because they thought it was going to explode or something,” Herman said. “But it’s like a time capsule, just beautiful.”
Ziger, the project architect from Ziger|Snead Architects, said it was Herman’s vision that inspired the design, and they wanted it to be “simple and elegant.”
“At Ziger-Snead we do a lot of historic renovation projects,” he said, “but also a number of projects around the region that involve modern additions in historic contexts.”
One example of a recent Ziger|Snead project is the Parkway Theatre — a 1915 movie theater on North Avenue in Baltimore, he said. The firm designed a modern building with a new lounge and two other theaters right next to the old Parkway building.
“So we love the idea. We love communicating through design that history is living: that there’s this incredible, beautiful bank building that was once a real anchor in its community; that by creating an addition that turns it into a new use, it also communicates the new life or new moment for the future — so that it’s both rooted in the past and looking to the future,” Ziger said. “Those types of projects really get our creative juices flowing, because of that narrative of kind of connecting past to present.”
Ziger designed a three-story modern addition erected off the back of the old bank building with two bedrooms, a modern kitchen in an open living area, rooftop deck and a wall of windows looking out over the backyard.
The building was completed recenntly and listed for $369,000 through Re/Max Realty Centre. Herman said it would be ideal for a young family that loves a mixture of old and new, with someone potentially working from a home office operating in the restored bank lobby.
“I think it would be great for a live-work kind of thing. If you were an accountant and had clients meet there — I think it would be good for somebody who had a home business, or someone who likes antiques. It’s such a unique space,” Herman said.
“It was tough [deciding what to do]. What could you do with a bank? You can’t make it a bank anymore, but a single-family home? Everybody needs a place to live.”
Jonathan Herman shows the bank vault in the lobby of the Carroll County Savings Bank building in Uniontown.