Old Bank at Front and Norris St

rgb's picture

OK, I know it's technically not in Fishtown, but does anybody know the story of the old bank near the Berks El station or at least what its name was?

A small side structure was recently demolished and the side door was left wide open so I grabbed my camera and took a few photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgb/sets/72157613649713639/

It must have been an impressive bank once. Sad to see what's become of it.

plaidpony's picture

Wow - I had no idea it was

Wow - I had no idea it was so fancy. It so sad what building materials have come to. You can really see too how graffiti is a high art form. It compliments the architecture so nicely - arghhh...

lauraska's picture

What a gorgeous building!

What a gorgeous building! And your pictures are fantastic. It would probably cost a fortune to rehab, but wouldn't it make an amazing restaurant site? Kind of like the new Union Trust Steakhouse that is opening this weekend...I think it's in Old City.

Lighterthief's picture

Great Pics....I have always

Great Pics....I have always wanted to get a peek in there! Would love to know more about it too

2014 susquehanna's picture

The property is owned by the

The property is owned by the Norris Square Civic Association and I don't think they have any current plans for it

Jeffro's picture

Isn't that where New Kenzo

Isn't that where New Kenzo lives?

biggeo's picture

there were 2 banks right

there were 2 banks right next to each other one was pnc or pnb i forget the other (maybe ivb) both were works of art the one on the corner especially with lots of marble in side and on friday they were packed with workers from the nearby factories trying to cash their paychecks i do get sick when i ride by them and think back ,that whole area was a very nice ,SAFE place to grow up in to bad it changed.

Isaac's picture

maybe Avram Hornik could

maybe Avram Hornik could pick that place up and open the Jumbo Theater there ...

th's picture

Wow. Thanks for sharing!

Wow. Thanks for sharing!

codergrrl's picture

I used to walk my Grandma to

I used to walk my Grandma to that bank, it was beautiful.
I can't remember what bank it was.
I was also trying to remember the name of the website with the really old pics of Philly on it, but I just can't.
I thought it might be included there, as they have alot of old pics of the hood, and the shipyards, etc.

Lisa33's picture

Great photos. Thanks for

Great photos. Thanks for taking them. Also, I think not exploring the vault was probably a wise decision.

tudor's picture

Great pix. It looks like a

Great pix. It looks like a combination of a church and Fort Knox. They don't make them like that any more.

It's actually pretty nice even with the ceiling gone--would be great with a big plexiglass ceiling or something. Wonder who owns it now? I could look it up, I guess.

It's owned by the Norris Square Civic Assn., fwiw. Thanks, 2014, didn't see your post first time around.

rgb's picture

lauraska wrote:What a

lauraska wrote:

What a gorgeous building! And your pictures are fantastic. It would probably cost a fortune to rehab, but wouldn't it make an amazing restaurant site? Kind of like the new Union Trust Steakhouse that is opening this weekend...I think it's in Old City.

Thanks. Funny you mention that new Union Trust Steakhouse. While that bank was being renovated, one of the workers gave me a tour and let me take photos. I'll have to dig up those photos and post them online too. I kept thinking about that place while I was photographing this one.

codergrrl's picture

Wasn't the "Striped Bass" in

Wasn't the "Striped Bass" in an old bank as well?

th's picture

codergrrl wrote:I was also

codergrrl wrote:

I was also trying to remember the name of the website with the really old pics of Philly on it, but I just can't.
I thought it might be included there, as they have alot of old pics of the hood, and the shipyards, etc.

http://www.phillyhistory.org/PhotoArchive/Home.aspx

jmminarik's picture

Old banks are pretty cool.

Old banks are pretty cool. Today's glass on steel designs make me think more of shysters than a place run by folks who took the security of my money seriously.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

The one on the corner of

The one on the corner of Front & Norris was Industrial Valley Bank later known as IVB. I can remember going in there with my dad in the late 50's/early 60's, it was awesome.

The bank closer to Berks street was PNC.

rgb's picture

I hadn't realized these were

I hadn't realized these were two separate banks, but that would explain why I couldn't find a doorway from one part into the other. The bank I was in was next to the one on the corner. According to the map at http://philageohistory.org/tiles/viewer/ this was originally the Industrial Trust Company. The one on the corner was Ninth Bank and Trust Company.

biggeo's picture

rgb wrote:I hadn't realized

rgb wrote:

I hadn't realized these were two separate banks, but that would explain why I couldn't find a doorway from one part into the other. The bank I was in was next to the one on the corner. According to the map at http://philageohistory.org/tiles/viewer/ this was originally the Industrial Trust Company. The one on the corner was Ninth Bank and Trust Company.

i'll tell you this the one on the corner was awesome ,bigger and a lot more marble

Pure_Fishtown's picture

It's been a ton of years

It's been a ton of years since I was over that way; but, there might be a corner stone. I seem to remember something inscribed either the date or name.

jbette01's picture

http://www.citypaper.net/arti

http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/11/13/you-gonna-use-that

Some interesting observations about the status of properties owned by the NSCA...

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Interesting article, Jbette.

Interesting article, Jbette. I think its time for the NSCA to get off their butts and do something with the property. Apparently, twenty years isn't enough time for her. McDonald should make another offer; but, not for 0 dollars.

biggeo's picture

jbette01

jbette01 wrote:

http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/11/13/you-gonna-use-that

Some interesting observations about the status of properties owned by the NSCA...

it seems like nsca has some pretty deep pockets now maybe they could help RESTORE that neighborhood to the state that it was in before the change took place. it to bad that they let the school and church that was there fall apart (St. Boniface's )

2014 susquehanna's picture

It's easy to take pot shots

It's easy to take pot shots at NCSA but they have done wonders with their neighborhood. Currently they are completing construction on 60+ new homes near York and Front plus the other projects listed in the article. DeCarlo may have her faults but as far as CDC's go...others pale by comparison.

I understand the frustration but their accomplishments are considerable. Surrounding community organizations and CDC's should find a way to work with NSCA to better the entire area. What happens on that side of Front St has a major impact on our quality of life.

biggeo's picture

2014 susquehanna wrote:It's

2014 susquehanna wrote:

It's easy to take pot shots at NCSA but they have done wonders with their neighborhood. Currently they are completing construction on 60+ new homes near York and Front plus the other projects listed in the article. DeCarlo may have her faults but as far as CDC's go...others pale by comparison.

I understand the frustration but their accomplishments are considerable. Surrounding community organizations and CDC's should find a way to work with NSCA to better the entire area. What happens on that side of Front St has a major impact on our quality of life.

look this what gets me pissed 35-40 yrs ago that whole area was just like fishtown nice row houses clean streets nice neighborhood what happened??????

2014 susquehanna's picture

biggeo wrote:2014

biggeo wrote:
2014 susquehanna wrote:

It's easy to take pot shots at NCSA but they have done wonders with their neighborhood. Currently they are completing construction on 60+ new homes near York and Front plus the other projects listed in the article. DeCarlo may have her faults but as far as CDC's go...others pale by comparison.

I understand the frustration but their accomplishments are considerable. Surrounding community organizations and CDC's should find a way to work with NSCA to better the entire area. What happens on that side of Front St has a major impact on our quality of life.

look this what gets me pissed 35-40 yrs ago that whole area was just like fishtown nice row houses clean streets nice neighborhood what happened??????

What happened? The jobs left. 10 years ago it was much worse than it is today. Isn't that something to be happy about? Take a walk down Howard Street (South of the park) It's nicer than many areas of Fishtown.

biggeo's picture

2014 susquehanna

2014 susquehanna wrote:
biggeo wrote:
2014 susquehanna wrote:

It's easy to take pot shots at NCSA but they have done wonders with their neighborhood. Currently they are completing construction on 60+ new homes near York and Front plus the other projects listed in the article. DeCarlo may have her faults but as far as CDC's go...others pale by comparison.

I understand the frustration but their accomplishments are considerable. Surrounding community organizations and CDC's should find a way to work with NSCA to better the entire area. What happens on that side of Front St has a major impact on our quality of life.

look this what gets me pissed 35-40 yrs ago that whole area was just like fishtown nice row houses clean streets nice neighborhood what happened??????

What happened? The jobs left. 10 years ago it was much worse than it is today. Isn't that something to be happy about? Take a walk down Howard Street (South of the park) It's nicer than many areas of Fishtown.

nah the jobs were there the people chose not to work, not to be productive to have their hand out and to let the drug trade grow please don't tell me how it is i saw first hand how it was it might be changing now but in my eye's i saw a great neighborhood go down fast, very sad and sicking