The Bank's History

This historic Maryland Wedding Venue was founded in 1883.  William Lewis Plack, a notable Philadelphia architect, was commissioned to design their second building in Havre de Grace. Designed to convey solidity, strength and security, Plack was 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, with each piece of stone designed, cut and carved to fit in place. The cornice, made of pressed sheet copper with Renaissance detailing and terra cotta tiled roof are Romanesque Revival.

The grandeur of the exterior is rivaled only by its interior. The two story banking room retains its high marble wainscot and ornamental plaster on the upper walls and ceilings and most notably its vault.  Also on the main floor are two offices, octagonal in shape each hosting fireplace and views of the Chesapeake. The mezzanine level is supported by Corinthian columns of simulated marble and wrought iron railings. This area not only overlooks the main bank room, but offers beautiful views of the Bay as well. 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 for La Banque. While there have been some changes most of the original interior detailing remains the same.  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 and grandeur of the building continues to highlight the magnificent craftsmanship and design that went into the building over one hundred years ago.

Historic Bank Wedding Venue