The Bank's History
This historic Maryland Wedding Venue was founded in 1883. William Lewis Plack, a notable Philadelphia architect, was commissioned by the First National Bank to complete the design. Inspired by the Renaissance-revival style made popular at the 1882-1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The building is an adaptation of an 18th century English gatehouse or garden temple.
The external façade is made of Port Deposit granite, the cornice, made of pressed sheet copper and the roof of and terra cotta tiles. All elements are unique to the Romanesque Revival period.
The grandeur of the exterior is rivaled only by its interior. The two story banking room retains its high marble wainscot and ornamental plaster and most notably the original vault is still in place. Two unique octagon shaped rooms, each host a fireplace and views of the Chesapeake. The mezzanine level is supported by columns of marble and wrought iron railings. This area overlooks the grand room below and also beautiful views of the Bay. Bronze and brass hardware, natural wood paneling, trim and doors complete the original interior detailing.
The First National Bank was an important part of daily life in Havre de Grace for over 50 years, closing its doors in 1958.
Maintaining the historical integrity of the building was an important part of the renovation process. Many of the original interior details remain in tact. Brian Thim of Rita St. Claire, took great care to make lighting and fixture selections that are reminiscent of the early 20th century.
The beauty of the building continues to highlight the magnificent craftsmanship and design that went into the building over one hundred years ago.