Last September in Malvaney’s post on Mid-Century Fondren’s First National Bank R P Adams commented that as drive up traffic became heavier than lobby traffic banks started having smaller or in some cases no interior banking floor, turning full efforts to multiple drive through lanes. Speculation was added that electronic online banking may threaten auto teller banking in the near future. This made me think of a bank in Biloxi that might help us find an adaptive reuse the abandoned auto teller lanes of the future.
If you are not familiar with the term Adaptive Reuse here is a quick definition.
Adaptive (re)use: The process of converting a building to a use other than that for which it was designed, e.g., changing a factory into housing. Such a conversion is accomplished with varying alterations to the building. -Murtagh, William J. Keeping Time; The History and Theory of Preservation in America. Revised ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997. Print.
Built as a Metropolitan National Bank branch, this nearly fifty year old structure featured a small interior banking floor and six auto teller lanes.
This creates a very purpose-built looking structure. I am not sure when this building ceased to be a bank but it may have closed when Metropolitan merged with another bank in the mid to late 1980’s. At some point after that the auto teller lanes were enclosed with glass aluminum frame storefronts. A simple enough modification and appropriate because it still gives the appearance of the individual auto teller lanes, especially from a distance. The change is reversible in the sense that if a tenant ever had need for six drive through lanes the glass and aluminum storefronts could be removed with relative ease.
Have you seen any creative reused auto teller lanes in your neck of the woods?