“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

"The First National Bank Building"

802 Grand Avenue

"The First National Bank Building" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
1. "The First National Bank Building" Marker
Inscription.  On March 15, 1887, excavation for a three-story brick and stone building began on lots at 802 Grand Avenue for the First National Bank building. At the time, The Glenwood Echo newspaper reported that the First National Bank offices would occupy the northwest corner of the first floor and would be constructed of iron and glass with a fireproof vault extending from the basement to the second floor. There would be three storefronts on the Eighth Street side the building. Room for rented office space and luxury apartments would occupy the second and third floors of the building.

It was June 1, 1887 when The First National Bank of Glenwood Springs, one of the town’s first banks, opened its doors for business at a cost of $40,000 and until it was sold in the mid 1980's, it served the community as the oldest business in Glenwood Springs.

For a brief time in the early 1890's the Glenwood Springs Post Office occupied the rear of the building on the northeast corner.

It was January 11, 1932 when Dr. R. B. Porter leased the third floor for a hospital. With his office on the second floor, he believed that the building
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was adapted in every respect for his purpose. The hospital opened with 9 beds and by 1953, had increased to 26. During the 23 years and 8 months of operation, there were 2,070 babies born here.

In 1940, the bank's owners remodeled the building exterior and interior space. It would again be remodeled in 1960. Central to the remodel and southern expansion of the building in the 1980's were two visionaries: Bank president, Ernest Gerbaz and local architect, Dean Moffatt, who skillfully blended the old with the new.

As of 2012, 802 Grand Avenue is the address of Colorado Mountain College’s central administration, US Bank, and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. With its diversified history, it remains as one of the oldest standing structures in the downtown area.
Erected by the Frontier Historical Society and the City of Glenwood Springs.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine. A significant historical date for this entry is January 11, 1932.
Location. 39° 32.798′ N, 107° 19.474′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and Grand Avenue (State Route 82), on the right when traveling east on 8th Street. Touch for map
The marker is on far right, behind the man's head. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2018
2. The marker is on far right, behind the man's head.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (here, next to this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (here, next to this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (here, next to this marker); Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (a few steps from this marker); When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon (a few steps from this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (a few steps from this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Dec. 2, 2023