Lost: Rockville’s ‘Pink Bank’ Building

Suburban Trust Bank

The “Pink Bank” in Rockville at 255 N. Washington St. will be no more. Work has started to take down the 1964 former Suburban Trust Bank building. Despite the city’s Historic District Commission’s recommendation that the building be spared and that a historic designation process be allowed to begin, the Rockville City Council voted 3-2 to allow the condo developer Kettler to raze the building, which was designed by Washington architect Arthur L. Anderson.

Suburban Trust Bank

“Anderson’s design is strongly reminiscent of contemporaneous works by Edward Durell Stone, whose designs for Lincoln Center in New York (1962), and the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1963) are recognized as landmarks of New Formalism, a style pioneered by Stone and others who introduced monumental form, ornamentation, and classically-inspired design into the modernist canon” architectural historian Dr. Teresa B. Lachin wrote in a 2006 piece about the building. “In the Suburban Trust building, Arthur Anderson combined the use of urban scale, modern classical form, color, and ornamentation in his interpretation of the New Formalist style.”

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January 5th, 2014

Mid-Century Mike


4 to “Lost: Rockville’s ‘Pink Bank’ Building”

  1. Eric says:

    The lower facade is nice… is anyone going to be able to salvage some of the nice smaller details on this?

  2. MaireO' says:

    Of course it’s lost. Rockville has ALWAYS made the wrong decision. There is no there there, because of the idiotic urban renewal, then they attempted to fabricate a “there” with the faux town. Business struggle, many have closed, and it’s just plain sterile!

  3. Sally Gagne says:

    According to Clare Lise Kelly’s book Montgomery Modern, M-NCPPC, 2015, the Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church was designed by Stanley Arthur, not Arthur L. Anderson. Because of your web misinformation I photographed the church, as I’m interested in Arthur Anderson. The error should be corrected.

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