Ambler Architects

Arvest Bank - Downtown Bartlesville

The Arvest Bank Tower started life as the Union National Bank, around the turn of the 20th century. By 1960, it had been 'modernized' with a new facade of exposed aggregate panels and slit windows of black glass.

When Arvest decided to restore their downtown building to its historic looks, Ambler Architects suggested that if done correctly, the project could generate some historic tax credits for the Owner.

By working closly with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, Ambler Architects carefully researched the original materials and details used in the construction of the building.  Some materials were still readily available while others were no longer produced.  It took almost 9 months to find windows which would make the renovation eligible for the available tax credits.

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