Union­town bank build­ing brought back from de­spair

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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.

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