First National Bank Building, Sunshine Bank, 217-233 Central Avenue SW, Historic Route 66, Albuquerque, NM, built 1922

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The First National Bank Building is a historic building located at 217-233 Central Avenue NW in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The nine-story, L-shaped building was the city's first skyscraper. Built in 1922, the First National Bank Building was designed by Trost & Trost, an El Paso architecture firm that was well-known in the region. At 43 m (141 ft), it was by far the tallest building in the city until the International Style Simms Building was built in 1954. The interior of the first floor is done almost entirely in grey streak marble, and features 28-foot (8.5 m) tall vault ceilings.

This bank building has to be the most solid looking bank building in the city. Erected in 1922 it reeks of money, power, and permanence. The heavy cornice at the top of this el shaped building tops off the towering mass of the structure. Such detailing 141 feet in the air shows how much attention Henry Trost paid to this ornamentation. The cornice really is an architectural tribute to the self-contained omnipotence of the bank. It completes the structure and acts like a heavy lid on a stewpot of money.

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  • Uploaded on February 6, 2011
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    by Midnight Rider
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX L20
    • Taken on 2011/01/15 22:41:29
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/877)
    • Focal Length: 6.72mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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