Wednesday, September 24, 2008

First National Bank

Old First National Bank Building, which the corner shop is now the Sunglass Hut. The steps of the Sunglass Hut are a popular place for teenagers to hang out.


Boise Diva said...

I wonder why a sunglasses shop is a teen hangout? I've never seen that in my neck of the woods. I see general mall patrolling by teens, especially in front of Abercrombie and Fitch.

Lisa Wilson said...

Well, the nearest mall is about 3 hours away, and I think they just like the steps in front of the shop. It's right in the middle of town which makes a good place to be seen, too.

julie said...

Being an architecture fan, I do enjoy these interesting and pretty building shots you are posting! :)

Amy said...

Here's a comment about the stained glass windows in the Old First National Bank (The Nugget Building). There are five of these fabulous windows -- the top three are original windows installed in 1892 when the building was built. It is incredible that they are still intact 116 years later.

The bottom two windows in the side panels flanking the double doors were clear glass when the Formby's purchased the building in 1999. Using an old photograph, they hired a stained glass artist to re-create these windows with colors that would have been used in this period and that match the original upper windows. When the new windows are compared to the old photograph, they appear identical. The artist did a marvelous job.

Changing subjects: The safe was indeed the safe that was robbed in the famous heist, but at that time it wasn't in the Old First National Bank -- it was in another bank -- and L.L.Nunn later moved the safe into this building (at least that's the best researched theory).

The tenant in this space right now is Sunglasses HQ owned by Cinda and Tim Blewett.

Nice photos on your site, Lisa. :)