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The Treasury on the Plaza is located in St. Augustine’s first and only skyscraper. The six-story building and its mezzanine went under construction in 1926, the same year as the opening of St. Augustine’s famed Bridge of Lions. The building held the premier bank in St. Augustine’s downtown historic district up until it was converted to a private event venue in 2014. It has been known by many names over the years, including The First National Bank of St. Augustine, The Exchange Bank, The Espinoza-Sanchez Building, and The Atlantic Bank Building.

Throughout its history, the building has served as a space for art and cultural exhibits, historical shows, community gatherings, and as a symbol of prosperity for the city. The building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places in honor of both its architectural and historical significance to Northeast Florida.

Cathedral Place in the early 1900's

Cathedral Place in the early 1900's

Cathedral Place in 1904 | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

Cathedral Place in the early 1900’s was a much quieter street. The Cathedral Basilica stands on the left with the original First National Bank Building on the right.

1904
1926: Construction Begins

1926: Construction Begins

Construction on The First National Bank Building | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

October 2, 1926. The new First National Bank Building is under construction. Framing for the top of the tower sits on top of the building to the right.

1926
1927: Construction Completed

1927: Construction Completed

First National Bank Building Completed Construction | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

 

The building stands tall in 1927. The view across the water to Vilano and Davis Shores shows an empty landscape.

1927
1928: Inside The First National Bank

1928: Inside The First National Bank

 Lobby of The First National Bank | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

The historic First National Bank lobby was a sight to behold. Fresh flowers were delivered weekly to adorn the lobby.

1928
1941: Christmas at The Exchange Bank

1941: Christmas at The Exchange Bank

Christmas Time at The First National Bank | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

The First National Bank became The Exchange Bank in 1939. This photo depicts staff in front of the vault during Christmastime in 1941.

1941
1949: The Exchange Bank Concession Stand

1949: The Exchange Bank Concession Stand

History of The Treasury | Bank Teller Desk | St. Augustine History

In 1949 a concession stand opened in the lobby of the Exchange Bank that served tobacco, cold drinks, and other wares. This area now houses The Grand Foyer Concierge Desk.

1949
1951: Movie Premieres in front of The Exchange Bank

1951: Movie Premieres in front of The Exchange Bank

Movie Premiere At The Exchange Bank | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

The Matanzas Theater opened in the late 1930’s next to The Exchange Bank building. Movie premieres drew large crowds to The Plaza.

1951
1953: Christmas Decor at The Exchange Bank

1953: Christmas Decor at The Exchange Bank

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Over the years Christmas decor became more elaborate inside the bank, reflective of the prosperity of the time.

1953
1960's: Modern Development

1960's: Modern Development

Front of The Exchange Bank Building | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

The 1960’s began a new area of development in St. Augustine, especially in the beach areas.

1960s
1979: Digital Clock atop the bank

1979: Digital Clock atop the bank

 

Atlantic Bank Building | History of The Treasury on The Plaza

In the 1960s a digital clock was installed atop the bank building.¬†For many years locals relied on the time and temp clock to keep them informed. This photo shows the clock in 1979 at the top of what was then the “Atlantic Bank of St. Augustine.” The clock has since been removed.

1979
2014: Renovation

2014: Renovation

Renovation of The Treasury on the Plaza St. Augustine

Wells Fargo bank occupied The Treasury building until 2013, when it moved across the Plaza de la Constitucion into the old Woolworth building. The entire first floor underwent an extensive renovation in 2014 to transform the space into an event venue. While many modern amenities¬†were added, showcasing the venue’s history as a bank was of utmost importance. The motto of the renovation was, “If it’s historic, we’re keeping it.” The original 1920s marble flooring, the eight towering Romanesque columns, architectural details, and other materials were kept to create authenticity.

2014
Take Your Place in History

Take Your Place in History

History of The Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine Florida

On May 3rd, 2014 The Treasury on the Plaza officially opened its doors for the first wedding in The Grand Ballroom. Since that time, our goal has been to provide extraordinary service to the couples and families who have chosen to celebrate their special moments at The Treasury. We feel truly honored to be a part of St. Augustine’s history and stewards of this incredible building. We hope that you’ll consider us to be a part of your own history.

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