About This Project
This architectural renovation project is an adaptive reuse of a bank and a shoe store, originally built in 1919. The First National Bank of Bryan was the first in the nation to have a night deposit vault. The buildings were combined and renovated following a 1960 fire.
The exterior was restored to its original prominence; the interior was designed for a data communications company. Plaster walls and ceilings requiring extensive repair were removed, exposing the masonry walls and wood roof framing. The existing terrazzo floors remain. The structure of the mezzanine (added in 1960) was exposed to clearly indicate that is was not original. The project included a state-of-the-art computer data center, which required a roof-mounted generator, extensive air conditioning, electrical and security updates. To add a sense of mystery and drama The Arkitex Studio of Bryan-College Station installed a series of transparent, translucent and opaque elements to separate the secure data center from the more-public gallery.