Friday, March 6, 2009
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
In light of the current banking crisis, perhaps we should seriously consider turning all banks into spas and restaurants. Look at the evidence in these images-- lovely art deco banks reused to create exceptionally elegant and inviting architecture. In what was once the First National Bank and Trust, Drew Patrick Spa in Bay Shore, NY is one of the most luxurious places to spend the day. Built in 1917 and completely renovated starting in 2006, the building is a highlight in the downtown fabric of buildings. Another striking example of a renovated bank is Tellers Chophouse in Islip, NY. where its 30 foot tall interior space is often considered one of the most romantic restaurants on Long Island. Once built as monuments to the stability and security of the financial system, banks of this era spared little expense in their construction. Isn't it a wonderful and ecofriendly way for our downtown areas to reinvigorate and reestablish themselves by renovating these fine pieces of architecture?