It happened Monday, March 4, with no big fanfare, but the former St. Charles Bank & Trust is now the Geneva Bank & Trust, and it is open for business in the former Pure Oil Building.
After more than a year of controversy, the historic Pure Oil Building is still standing, and its adaptive re-use is part of the structure of the new bank.
Not only does it bear a Pure Oil-style sign on the outside, but it has a Pure Oil building inside, as well.
Mike Bruno, one of the members of the Historic Preservation Commission that denied a demolition permit, praised the outcome Monday night at the Geneva City Council meeting.
"Kudos to Geneva Bank," Bruno said. "They to have done a truly stellar job."
Mayor Kevin Burns said there is "a vintage Pure Oil sign in the lobby." He said a farmer Virginia had that in her barn, and the owners of the bank found it and brought it back to Geneva.
The controversial building once slated for the wrecking ball has been recommended to the National Register of Historic Places.
Attached here are some photos of the construction phase, courtesy of Geneva resident Colin Campbell.
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