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First National Bank of Ithaca


The First National Bank in Ithaca, NY is a rectangular, seven-story building that is constructed in the Art Deco style. 

The original building was designed by New York City firm Uffinger, Foster, & Brookwater, Inc. (drawings dated 09/01/1931). The preceding firm, Mowbry & Uffinger, was known for bank and bank vault architecture, and completed numerous projects across the United States. The structure is composed of a concrete-encased steel frame with a cinder concrete slab, also known as "goulash" construction. The main commercial building was built between 1932-1933, with three additions added at a later date. It was the first two elevator building in downtown Ithaca.

The east wing addition was constructed in 1965. The north addition,  was constructed between 1974-1975. A single room cafeteria space was added to the third floor in 1982.

Since it was constructed, Bank Office Tower has been home to a number of successors to First National Bank, including Security Trust, Norstar Bank, and Bank of America.  

Opening this spring, the fist and second floors will be the new world headquarters of CFCU Credit Union.