New bank building showcases 'transitional' architectural look

December 15, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

Heritage Community Bank's frosted glass and brick building has changed the look of west Main Street.

After nine months of construction, the bank will open Monday. A ribbon cutting will be 9 a.m. Monday, followed by refreshments. Tours will be given 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Heart of Danville will host a Santa Claus visit 12-4 p.m. Friday.

The bank has spent $3 million on its new location.

"We think it's the best investment the bank's made for its customers and stockholders," said John Caywood, executive vice-president of the bank.

The building is open through the center, and fills with light during the day. A modern, silver and white chandelier hangs in the lobby.


"We wanted a traditional looking building with a newness to it," Caywood said.

The bank has more glass than most buildings on Main Street, and was built with traditional bricks and columns. Caywood wanted the architecture to transition Main Street into the Centre College campus.

Church Street has been widened, and sidewalks replaced. The bank created parking for businesses that face the street.

The building has entrances on Main, Church and Walnut streets. There are three drive-thru lanes.

The new account area is closed, as opposed to the traditional open design. Caywood said that they wanted customers to have more privacy.

One thing that residents won't find at the bank is a large, walk-in vault. Newer banks don't have the traditional bank vault, it just isn't worth the expense. Cash is stored in smaller vaults.

The bank was located at 220 West Main St. It will keep its full-service branch office in the Danville Manor Shopping Center.

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