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ICBA Independent Banker Recognizes Architectural Excellence of Community Banks

Six Community Banks Make Structural Statements That Reinforce Their Sense of Community

Washington, D.C. (July 3, 2007)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and ICBA Independent Banker magazine recognized six community banks for architectural excellence and their standout building design.

"Melding design and function to make a statement about the unique nature of community banking is not an easy task," said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president and director of communications. "But here we have six examples of ICBA-member community banks which have successfully achieved this feat. We congratulate each one for their creativity and innovation in making a visual statement that not only reflects their community bank, but enhances their community."

ICBA Independent Banker asked three award-winning architects to select the featured community banks. They are Ruth Connell of Ruth Connell Studio Architects LLC, Frances Halsband of R.M. Kilment and Frances Halsband Architects, and Christy Merdinian of ACM Design Group.

The featured architectural designs emphasize form and function; enhance or reflect the local community; showcase creativity; and reinforce or affirm their community banks' brand.

The six community banks recognized for making a "Structural Statement" are:

  • Hyperion Bank, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Countybank, Greenwood, S.C.
  • Sterling Bank, Popular Bluff, Mo.
  • The National Bank & Trust Co., Sycamore, Ill.
  • Chemung Canal Trust Co., Elmira, N.Y.
  • First Community Bank, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Note to Editors: Please view photos of the banks.