Citizens Savings & Loan Association
700 Berkshire Boulevard
East Alton, IL - Metro East
Architect: Alvin K. Stolze for Keeney & Stolze, 19641
A round bank building, set into the cut-out of a hillside, with a vertical slab accented by stylized stainless steel lettering, wrapped in glass block and accessed from the street corner by its own private suspension bridge. That description alone would make this Mid-Century bank a standout. But for Citizens Savings and Loan (later the Citizens Professional Building), this is only the beginning. The building is loaded up, inside and out, with spectacular 1960s detailing.
The facade is divided into vertical segments. Most are infilled with glass block, mostly colorless translucent, flecked with red and yellow colored blocks (unfortunately painted black some time after 20002.)
If you had the good fortune to be arriving from the corner of Berkshire and Wood River during the bank's heyday, you would cross the suspension bridge, passing over (according to the original plans) 6,000 square feet of reflecting pools with fountains.