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Bank One Building

Formerly: First Pasadena State Bank Building
Built: 1963
Designed by: MacKie & Kamrath; Lloyd Borget; and Doughtie & Porterfield
Type: Skyscraper
Stories: 12
Location: 1001 East Southmore Avenue, Pasadena, United States
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E asily mistaken for a lost work of Frank Lloyd Wright, this skyscraper is one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Texas. At its base is a wide featureless podium topped with white stripes and a single strip of narrow windows. From the center rises the tower. It looks as if it started as a simple glass box with the dark glass, white spandrels, and three-quarter height windows typical of the era in which it was constructed. The main body of this box is indented near its base and accented with a wide white border. When combined with shadows it appears as if the tower is hovering above the podium. Then on the front part of the box is narrowed and allowed to slack as if the front facade is descending like the elevator of an alien space ship to let people in. This marks the entrance.

A further look at the top of the building reveals the wood-colored right angles and stained glass that were one of Wright's hallmarks. Simple geometric shapes adorn an overhang supported by columns topped with a stepped pedestal.

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Janet Terrell
Friday, January 2nd, 2015 @ 9:46am
Rating: Five stars.
I remember this building forever. It is the pinpoint on the map. I would think the we could come up with something to make it work. As far asbestos, ALL of the government buildings we use have asbestos in it. As far power, SOLAR Texas has plenty of sun.

Mike Hevalow
Thursday, December 26th, 2013 @ 7:36am
Rating: Four stars.
Just like everyone else that has commented on here, I have been in there numerous times as a kid. With the right archetect, I can see this old building as having an atrium all the way except to the 10th floor with WORLD CLASS night clubs and fine dining at the top. Houston has a STRONG economy and would work if advertised, designed and planned properly.

Pasadena Original
Sunday, February 17th, 2013 @ 1:59pm
Rating: Five stars.
It is such a shame that building is in the condition it is now. Ike did alot of damage and squatters/vandals have destroyed the inside. I recall as a young kid sitting on the front steps watching the Strawberry Festival parade. That was a long time ago, in an era of Pasadena that is long gone.

they say I'm a dreamer
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 @ 2:01pm
Rating: Five stars.
top floors lofts, apartments, middle office buildings, lower floor small market farmers market, top floor of parking garage urban organic garden (bring back the strawberrys) put a large satalite school from sanjac in the mall and build it to a legit educational center now the north pasadena outreach center which is around the corner can introduce at risk youth in pasadena to sustainable living and possibly bridge the gap to high education for the future of our city. This could all help the economy in the area and revitalize the building .

Sunday, February 28th, 2010 @ 1:02am
This building seemed so out of place for Pasadena because it was more interesting than any of the buildings in Houston. The Fist Pasadena State Bank must have spent a fortune in pens. They proliferated student's school desks.

Eric Muecke
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 @ 5:33pm
Rating: Five stars.
I was there as a small child when it was opened.I remember the fresh doughnuts they served. Pasadena State Bank and the Capitan are true Gems of Pasadena and of Texas. Such a shame that low rent houses surrond these two gems. Capitan has a fighting chance but the bank has so many problems. It would make a great retirement home and also a office building again. But if the Grat and Historic Shamrock Hotel met the wrecking ball I am afraid the same fate awaits the bank. SO SAD

Felt Stirling
Friday, May 22nd, 2009 @ 9:48pm
Rating: Five stars.
I worked for the architect when the building was constructed. Today, I saw the building for the first time in 40 years and nearly wept. It is (still) so beautiful, and worthy of protection as a historical property. But the area is so depleted, empty malls and buildings, it would require a drastic revamp of the entire area and economy. Still, the building appears to be a good candidate for restoration. I suppose teh hurricane dida lot of damage?

Keith Mitchell
Friday, May 9th, 2008 @ 5:55pm
Rating: Five stars.
I worked at the bank for 71/2 years when it was First Pasadena State. My dad had an office on the fourth floor for years. The rent was not expensive, but it constantly had problems with leaks and cost a fortune to cool and heat. I also graduated from PHS and at least once a year we had a ritual of putting soap in the fountain until it was shut down.

Colleen Durham
Friday, January 11th, 2008 @ 10:10pm
Rating: Five stars.
My dad has lived in Pasadena since 1960, and has practiced law there since 1964 or 65. He used to have an office on the 10th floor. On a clear day, it looked like the Astrodome was wa-a-ay down at the very end of Southmore. He says the cost of the asbestos removal is keeping anything from being done with the building - remodeling or destruction. It is also too expensive to heat or cool as it is right now, and the rent would be astronomical on the office space, which is why it emptied out to begin with. It is a beautiful building.

Robert Farmer
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007 @ 11:05am
Rating: Five stars.
A Redevelopement Study is under way to evaluate the renovations of the old 1st Pasadena State Bank building. As I was watching the first installment of the studies findings at a community meeting, Asbestos Cleanup was mentioned. This is the very first time I have heard those words used in conjunction with the Tall Lady of Pasadena. An office building complex associated with the FPSB building was an option mentioned. This beautiful Frank Lloyd wright like inspired structure is much to young to be condemed as unusable space. The current owner of the building spoke with hopeful praise of the possible renovations to Pasadena city council member JJ Isbell. Redevelopement Plans are key to the Future of the First Pasadena State Building.

Joseph Seattle
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 @ 1:15am
Rating: Four stars.
The Bank One Building has been an ignored landmark in Pasadena for years. Rumor has it that it will be demolished since no one leases office space there since Bank One moved to 1102 Southmore in 2004. It is in a good location, and should be used for some purpose, possibly high rise lofts, apartments, etc.

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