Florida Mid-Century Modern Banks

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former bank [gone]
Cocoa Beach, FL
Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
This former bank, aka the "Glass Bank", was built around 1961 as a First Federal Savings and Loan branch. The bank featured a drive-thru window between the projecting legs. The penthouse housed Ramon's Rainbow Room where astronauts had wild parties. The top floors, made of concrete, were added later. The restaurant was long gone and the building had been vacant for many years when these photos were taken in 2009. In 2015, the building was demolished. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

This photo of the Wachovia Bank in Fort Lauderdale was taken in 2009. It is now a Wells Fargo bank branch. It was built as an Everglades Bank branch originally. It was designed by Anson & Kerr and built from 1962-1963. [map]

Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo)
Largo, FL
This Wachovia Bank was probably built around the same time, and by the same banking institution, as the one in Fort Lauderdale shown above. I believe it was originally a Clearwater Federal branch. These photos are from 2009. It is now a Wells Fargo branch. [map]

Union Planters Bank (now Regions Bank)
Miami Beach, FL
The Union Planters Bank was designed by Francis Hoffman and built in 1958. The building features a concrete screen block of circles and a floating staircase. It now houses a Regions Bank. [map]

Atlantic Coast Bank
Jacksonville, FL
This Atlantic Coast Bank was probably built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Does anyone know the history of this building? [map]

Wachovia Bank [gone]
Madeira Beach, FL
This Wachovia Bank had lots of mid-century modern details. Does anyone know what bank was here originally or more about this building's history? These photos are from 2009. The building was still there in 2011 but gone by 2014.

unidentified building
Fort Meade, FL
This unidentified building housed office space for Embarq, a phone and internet service company, when these photos were taken in 2009. The "payments" slot next to the front door appeared to be about the same as age the building, probably mid-1960s. My guess is that this was a credit union or bank. However, someone said that this was a Bell South office. In 2016, the mushroom canopies were removed. [map]

Security Federal
Savings and Loan
St. Petersburg, FL
San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union
Dade City, FL
This Security Federal Savings and Loan, aka the Skyline Building, was built in 1961. It was designed by Wenceslaus Sarmiento. The building is now occupied by the Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. There was originally a restaurant on the top floor known as the Skyline Room. The stone wall on the south side acts as a giant sun screen. The building was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York City. For more, see this website. [map]

The San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union was probably built in the 1960s. [map] Bank
Fort Walton Beach, FL Bank
Fort Walton Beach, FL
The Bank building shown on the left above was built around 1967. The shopping center that it resides in was remodeled around 2001 in the same style as the bank. This photo is from 2010. In 2015, the building was painted white. [map]

The Bank on the right was built in 1977. It originally had concrete arched canopies over the drive-thru lanes. These were removed later. There are branches in Mary Esther, Navarre, and Destin that were built in this same style. There is also a similar looking hardware store in Melbourne. This photo is from 2010. Around 2013, the building was painted white. [map]

More Florida Mid-Century Modern Banks:
Wells Fargo (Clermont)
Bank of America (Indiatlantic)
Wells Fargo (St. Petersburg)

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