Venue History

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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

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

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

 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

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

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 Grande Foyer Concierge Desk.

1949

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

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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

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

 

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

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