Happy Holidays from PVN
PVN’s annual holiday cards showcase interesting architectural and engineering drawings from our projects:
- 2012: Meghan Elliott presented at a symposium on skyscrapers put on by the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and the Construction History Society of America, so we honored Leroy S. Buffington’s iron building construction patent from 1888.
- 2013: We highlighted a line drawing of C.A.P. Turner’s Bridge 92297, a single-span reinforced concrete flat slab bridge.
- 2014: Our card was particularly special since PVN's Casie Radford created the drawing for the Historic American Engineering Record.
- 2015: Our holiday card featured the concrete reinforcement pattern for the historically significant water tower in Brainerd, Minnesota.
This year, our holiday card features the decorative plaster ceiling of the entry vestibule and public lobby space of the First National Bank building in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
First National Bank of Saint Paul
PVN has been working with the owners of the iconic First National Bank building in Saint Paul on a Historic Preservation Certification Application Part 1 to determine preliminary eligibility for individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The First National Bank of Saint Paul (First National Bank), located at 332 Minnesota Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was designed to house the offices and banking facilities of the First National Bank. The building is composed of three towers – the East Tower – originally constructed for the Merchants National Bank in 1914, the West Tower (1931), and the North Tower (1971).
The First National Bank of Saint Paul was the oldest, largest, and leading bank in Saint Paul for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the result of a merger with Saint Paul’s Merchants National Bank, in 1931 the First National Bank of Saint Paul constructed a landmark office tower that was designed by the Chicago architecture firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White (the “West Tower”). This tower subsumed the 1914 Jarvis Hunt-designed Merchants National Bank tower (the “East Tower”). The resulting building was the tallest in the city of Saint Paul and, with its towering “1st” rooftop sign, is a character-defining element of the Saint Paul skyline.
The brightly lit “1st” on top of the building was illuminated in June of 1931. The sign was 50 feet high and could be seen from 75 miles when it was lit. According to newspaper articles celebrating its lighting, it was the second largest electric sign in the world at that time. A storm damaged the iconic sign last winter and, after nearly a year of repair work, the beloved landmark was re-lit this November.
Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
Meghan, Casie, Laurel, Marisa, Hollie, and Tamara