Monday, December 10, 2012

Gateway Bank - The New Old Fashioned Bank - Ocala


A few years ago, Gateway Bank bought property from a Baptist Church on Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala and proceeded to construct a striking "new" old-fashioned bank on the site. It is, in my opinion, what a bank should look like, and the people at Gateway are a delight - ready, willing and able to assist you with your financial needs. Gateway also has offices in Gainesville and Alachua. You can read all about this fine institution here.

23 comments:

Andy said...

She's a grand building.

Janet said...

Definitely the hometown bank!

brattcat said...

what a delightful idea. i'd gladly bank there.

Olivier said...

elle est tres belle et j'aime beaucoup les Rocking chairs devant la banque ;o)

llandudnopictures said...

What a fabulous place. They could look after my money... if I had any!

Halcyon said...

When I took that architectural tour of Toronto a few weeks ago, our guide explained something about banks to us. In the old, old days people didn't like to use banks. They didn't think they were safe and so preferred to keep their cash in a coffee can or whatnot. Banks came up with the idea of building superfancy structures that they thought would inspire confidence and make people want to leave their money there. That's why a lot of old bank buildings are so nice. I think your local bank is going back to the old ways. :)

Danielle said...

Wow!!! I always wondered about this bank...I remember when it was the church ;)

magiceye said...

Wonderful indeed! Love those rocking chairs outside!

Judy said...

Very nicely done. I hope they see these lovely photos!

Jack said...

Agreed. It is a lovely building. Though, these days I rarely go inside banks. Just to the ATM.

Thanks for visiting. Yup, I play golf down here. Enough to decide I should stick with photography.

Karl Demetz said...

This is a Bank? It looks like a Hotel in my eyes :-)

Great photos, Lowell !!

EG CameraGirl said...

This bank exudes friendliness yet class. I bet most customers feel appreciated here.

Irredento Urbanita said...

I will show these photos to the people that works in a bank in my town. They are gonna fall of surprise!!

Val

Barcelona Daily Photo

RedPat said...

What a great bank! I always use the machine now so don't really go into mine very often.

cieldequimper said...

I would never have imagined it's so grand from the outside!

Barbara Farr said...

Wow! Me thinks that bank needs to share some of its money ... Very nice interior shots, Lowell.

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

It certainly is regal-looking, but with all those inviting seating areas, I would imagine some people might be tempted to park in front of the fire and watch television all day. It'd be kind of funny if they had to kick people out at closing time. Lovely photos, Lowell. And thanks for all the kind words and encouragement on my blog. It's much appreciated!

Hilda said...

How lovely! Don't they want to set up an offshore branch in Manila? I'd be their first client.

Tito Comas said...

I bank at Gateway and almost never use the drive-thru. Most people park and walk inside, have a person to person experience and come out with a big smile. What a concept!

Small City Scenes said...

I always wanted those rocking chairs on my front porch---Bob's house doesn't have a front porch----well it's way too tiny. MB

Small City Scenes said...

Oh BTW did they build this bank with the customers money??? MB

David Thomas said...

Warm fuzzies about a bank? I'm not sure I can go there. But I'll try since it is the Christmas season. Or, open season, if you are the Devil or one of his spawn.

Norma Ruttan said...

this is the most beautiful bank I have ever seen!

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