Bank History

Bank History


The Fort Plain National bank has a rich history since 1883,  and in fact was a key financing institution and instrument for commerce for a very important time during the industrialization of the Mohawk Valley of New York.  The current bank where the building is now standing, is an architectural masterpiece, appointed with beautiful Cement Columns, brilliant brick inlays and façade, and an outrageously appointed interior of marble and wood, that is a tribute to the architecture of the Art Deco Era. This 15,000 square foot masterpiece has three developed floors, including a main “bank” level performing space, a balcony level housing executive offices and two parlor suites, and a very developed matrix of over 5,000 square feet of rooms in the basement  that had executive spaces and housed printing press machines that actually made bonafide and circulated currency for over 35 years.  In fact some of the money that was made at this bank, if retained, and collected, and depending on the bill, could be worth in excess of over $50,000 for one single bill!  The Fort Plain National Bank Of Fort Plain in New York printed $1,251,640 dollars worth of national currency. Over $1,000,000 face value is a lot of money. However, some types and denominations of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1883 and stopped printing money in 1935, which equals a 53 year printing period. That is considered a long operation period for a national bank. During its life, The Fort Plain National Bank Of Fort Plain issued 10 different types and denominations of national currency.  

On every floor the bank has lavatories that have been modernized over the years, and each floor has both ladies and men’s rooms that still have the original fixtures and tile of that area, exemplifying the attention to detail and workmanship, that is so revered today and certainly very rare.  The ATM addition to the building was added approximately 20 years ago, and adjuncts the existing executive suites on the main floor, which blend nicely with the outstanding look and feel of this structurally incredible bank.  With 29’ foot ceilings and beautiful natural light, the bank is incredibly well lit during the day, and in the future, a rooftop lounge and observation area is being planned, that has another 5000 square feet of usable space.  


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