Alton Savings and Loan
600 E. Third Street, Alton, IL - Metro East
Alton's most fabulous Mid-Century building began life in 1961 as a Savings and Loan, hailed on its opening as the "latest in building style"1. Alton Savings & Loan Association occupied an older building on the same site until 1960, when it was demolished for the present structure.
Much later, it hosted a variety of doctors' offices, and was known as the Physicians Plus Building. After several years of vacancy, renovations began in 2011 to convert it to a new headquarters for Ziemer USA, with leasable office space on the upper floors.
The building is a tour de force of Mid-Century pizazz. It's composed of two rectangular volumes with a stair tower projecting from between them. On the west, a solid wall of smooth, glossy black brick is broken only by the Googie curved projection of the drive-up teller windows' overhang. The same black brick is used on the eastern wing's front facade. The western front features a giant wall of gold anodized aluminum rings, suspended on a grid in front of the building's windows to form a sun screen.