January 31, 2013

Grand Old Buildings

Posted in Endangered buildings, History, Photos tagged , , , at 9:54 pm by stonebankblog

New York City’s Grand Central Station turned 100 today!

Bells and whistles. Sound the train horns and clap your hands.  Making it to 100 is a great big deal. No, make that a GRAND deal.

Grand Central stands today because preservationists worked hard to save it. And it is 13 years YOUNGER than our charming Stone Bank.

Let’s salute big dreams, big goals and great old buildings.

Grand Central Station in NYC on the day it opened in 1913.

Grand Central Station in NYC on the day it opened in 1913.

This snip came from Grand Central Station’s website. Check it out for great pictures and a cool timeline about the building’s history.

The Stone Bank isn’t as grand in many ways, but it’s a charming touchstone with Bottineau’s history and its founders. Bottineau County Bank had been operating out of the “fine stone bank” for 13 years when Grand Central opened. Amazing to think of the vision the Stone Bank’s founders had to build something that would last a very long time. Our goal is to give it another 100 or more years.

For the Stone Bank, 2013 is going to be a HUGE year. The back of the building will be rebuilt over a new foundation — and soon after it will  get a new interior and a new life.

Join us. Support us. Send us a donation or a story about your connection to the bank. Or tell us your dreams for how the bank should be used.

As always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank Blog.


July 16, 2012

Happy 112th Birthday, Stone Bank!

Posted in Bottineau, Dismantling the back, History, Photos, Updates tagged , , , at 3:30 pm by stonebankblog

Here’s the cool thing — 112 years ago this month, work began on the stone building that we now call the Stone Bank.

Pioneer craftsmen shaped each stone on the building’s facade by hand. And the building was completed, COMPLETED,  before Christmas 1900.

The Stone Bank was built as Bottineau County Bank in 1900 — it took local workers less than six months to complete. Wow!

It was an astounding feat. A 60′ x 20′ building of hand-hewn stones built in a half-year. A building that has stood the test of time.

Now we face our own test. We must rebuild the back section of the building this year — and we hope it gets done long before Christmas.

What will it take? Money to pay our modern-day craftsmen. We have $20,000 in grant money from the Historical Society of ND and  $5,000 from Preservation ND.  But the cost to rebuild the back of the building over a new foundation is just short of $65,000.

Every penny will help. So, how about a symbolic donation? $19.00  or $112 to help move our work along. (You know, $19 for the year 1900, or $112 for all 112 years of the Stone Bank’s existence. Or, $5,000 — just because!.)

Scott Wagar of the Bottineau Courant recently found a trove of info about the bank’s beginning. This is how we know that it’s time to celebrate the building’s birthday.  Check out Scott’s article here  and a story about Scott here!

Here are some pictures of the bank over time and one showing the work to be done this year.

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Can you help? Please click the PayPal link in the right column or send a check to the Stone Bank Project, 524 Main Street, Bottineau, ND 58318