First National Bank’s Galleria links Trinidad’s historic past to bright future.
Construction of the new 1,600 sq. ft. Galleria building adjacent to the First National Bank has been completed, and many of the bank’s employees will move into the Galleria on March 1 as the bank building proper will now undergo renovation.
According to Chris Huffman, Vice-President, and Marketing Director, the main bank will remain open for customers, who will be served temporarily in the loan area while the lobby is being remodeled.
A Grand Opening for both the Galleria and the bank remodel will be held this summer when the entire project is complete.
The completion of the Galleria is an exciting and heartening step forward for Trinidad’s historic downtown. Due to the extremely deteriorated condition of the original building, it was determined early on that it could not be restored, and the challenge became that of replacing the structure with a new building that fits into the historic character of the downtown.
The two-story building with partial basement was also designed with an interior walkway, linking Main and First streets in order to open up additional available parking on First Street to Main Street shoppers and customers.
The bank itself will permanently utilize some of the space in the new building, but the Galleria will also provide new retail and office suites for lease as well. For more information about leasing space in the Galleria, please contact First National Bank CEO, Ed Eisemann, at 719-846-9881.
The First National Bank opened its doors on April 16, 1875. The bank building was constructed in 1892, and was designed by the prominent architects, Bulger and Rapp. It remains a main focal point in the Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District today.
The bank, which has five brick and mortar locations, as well as eight ATMs in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, is a firm believer in supporting and investing in these communities. At a Worksite Open House hosted by the bank for the Galleria in August, 2016, Eisemann said that Trinidad is a treasure and deserves this investment in its future.