CNB's Big Day
City National Bank held the official groundbreaking for the its new addition Wednesday afternoon just west of the bank's downtown headquarters. Pictured left to right are: Joe Moore, Audley Moore Construction; Randy Hall, CNB; Ples Schnitz, Schnitz & Sewell Architecture; George Tolson, Wendell Sapaugh, Charles Moore, Casey Ross, C.D. Ballard, Herbert Anderson, Ronny Wyatt, CNB President Lee Teetes, all with CNB; Rita Edwards, president of the Downtown Business Alliance; Tony Cook with CNB; City Manager Marc Maxwell; Ricky Reynolds, CNB; and Mark Moore, Audley Moore Construction.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

City National Bank breaks ground on expansion seen as role model for downtown revitalization

From Staff Reports

April 25, 2008 - City National Bank officials gathered Wednesday for an important moment as they broke ground on an expansion of the downtown location of Hopkins County's oldest bank.

The downtown expansion, which will increase the square footage of CNB's headquarters by some 6,000 square feet, is not just significant because of the huge investment in the bank's future and an indicator of its longtime success.

The decision also means that City National Bank will stay in the downtown area for many years to come, and the architectural integrity of the expansion has been seen as both a boost and a role model for downtown revitalization.

In fact, when city officials gave approval to several ideas for a "remodel" of downtown last summer, architects with Schnitze and Sewell in Richardson, the project designer, tweaked their design to fall in line with those plans.

"It is the design intent to further advance the concept of revitalization by creating a cityscape along Connally and Gilmer street to act as the nexus for pedestrian way improvements at the northwest corner of the Public Square," the architects wrote in their application for approval.

City National Bank has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, and the bank's central headquarters were becoming cramped as a result, architect Ples Schnitze said at the time.

The bank's leaders "felt it imperative to keep it downtown," the architect said, leading to the decision to expand.

The new one-floor addition will be built onto the west side of the CNB building, but the the new construction is only a small part of the planned improvements.

For one, the addition has been designed to follow the late 1960s period architecture of the main building's architect, Jack Woods, who Schnitze called "a Texas architect of some repute." The addition's design will copy the elements of the original building, and the finish materials used in the CNB building's construction are still available today.

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