LAKE PLACID - The NBT Bank branch on Main Street looks different - or rather, the same as it did a long time ago, when it was called the Bank of Lake Placid.
Major renovations to the building's interior and exterior were completed late last month, the bank announced in a press release Wednesday. The work began in November 2011.
"When the front of the building and the big fan window were removed, our customers and the community were initially confused and upset to see it go," Camilla Palumbo, Adirondack retail market manager at NBT Bank, said in the release. "But everyone has been very impressed with all of the improvements of this restoration and excited to see the building returned to its original magnificence."
NBT Bank’s downtown Lake Placid branch is seen in August, after exterior renovations were finished.
(Photos courtesy of NBT Bank)
Exterior renovations, made to restore the building to its original architectural appearance, include the following:
The front entrance and a window were completely removed, sent to an architecture millwork shop for restoration and returned to the building. A temporary entryway was installed during this time.
The original brass front doors were removed, sent to a metal shop, restored and returned to the building.
The exterior brick and stone were cleaned using "environmentally friendly" solutions and methods such as pressure washing and sand-blasting to return to their original colors.
Additional improvements to the exterior of the building include new business signs, new outside lighting, energy-efficient windows and a new roof.
On the inside, bank officials said it's like stepping back in time. The ceiling and mezzanine were opened to reveal bigger fan windows; the walls, ceiling and all woodwork were restored, including detailed painting and extensive hand-stenciling; new paint colors and furniture were selected from a historical palette and design; and the marble wainscoting in the lobby was cleaned and restored.
The radiators, main clock and oak trim throughout the office were also professionally cleaned and restored.
"This restoration changed the whole feeling inside the bank," Palumbo said. "The teams did a fantastic job in achieving their vision of closely resembling the original building, which was always a bank."
Additional improvements to the interior of the building include new chandeliers and energy-efficient light fixtures, a new customer service area, new flooring and carpet, a new fire alarm system and a new vestibule door entry with a card-swipe system.
"We didn't stop with the building, though," Palumbo added. "The property extending all the way to the shoreline along Mirror Lake is now beautiful area and offers a great view all the way to water."
"NBT Bank recognizes the significance of many of its locations to the local communities," Martin Dietrich, president and CEO of NBT Bank, said in the release. "The restoration of our Lake Placid Office is an example of how our community commitment includes involvement in renewal and restoration efforts in the cities, towns and villages we call home."
NBT officials noted that the restoration project employed a local general contractor and many local subcontractors, including carpenters, electricians, painters, carpet and ceramic tile suppliers, metal work, plumbing, landscapers and masons.