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This is a fantastic building in downtown Pontiac, I have no data on it whatsoever – not even its original name. The indian figures that line the top of the building are splendid, anybody know the sculptor or architect ? (AIW Im looking in your direction!)

[Alexandra adds: I contacted the Pontiac Historic District Commission and here is what they said so far about the building: "It was called the People's State Bank. It was erected in the late 1920s. It eventually became the Pontiac State Bank which became part of the National Bank of Detroit in 1980's. When BankOne bought the National Bank of Detroit, they decided to close the branch in dowtown Pontiac. The building was sold to a developer in the late 1990's and is currently used mostly for professional services companies.]

DAMN Thanks Alexandra ! Now THATS an informative response.. Still curious bout the architect and sculptor involved.

Eagles

Cool detailed designs

This dude is over the main archway

Rear lit stained glass torches echo the torches held by the indians lining the to pof the structure.

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9 Responses to Pontiac

  • When I was Executive Vice Pres, and Marketing Director of the bank in the 70′s and 80′s, I arranged to have lights installed to illuminate the top of this magnificent building and restored the oversize American flag. The lighted building could be seen for miles in all directions.

  • Most outstanding close-ups of the Pontiac State Bank Building. Thanks, much!

    It’s on Saginaw, corner of, I think Lawrence. I grew up in Pontiac but never saw such great attention paid to a great building. The doctor I went to as a kid ( before pediatricians were de rigeur) had his office on the 9th floor. Also, during the Christmas season, area school vocal groups would sing in the main part of the bank. Wish you could get some interior shots…the choirs would stand on a grand staircase in the back.

    I could babble for hours.

    Thanks again,

    Paul

  • Wow, what an incredible building, it’s beautiful! The deco indian theme reminds me of the United Artists theatre.

  • The “dude” above the main entry is the warrior chief of the Ottawas, Pontiac.

  • yeah i was digging on that blg’s coolness when i was up there a couple months ago
    (that was my once-a-year- trip north of 8 Mile)

  • I think its on Perry near Water street. Its the tallest building in Pontiac besides maybe the hospital radio tower.

  • Is that near Clutch Cargo’s or the old Habatat Galleries? It looks familiar, but it’s been a few years and I’m not sure where it is.

  • pONTIACfUNK…

  • Hi, I am a former Michigander living in DC and love that you are preserving Detroit history via photography. I contacted the Pontiac Historic District Commission and here is what they said so far about the building: “It was called the People’s State Bank. It was erected in the late 1920s. It eventually became the Pontiac State Bank which became part of the National Bank of Detroit in 1980′s. When BankOne bought the National Bank of Detroit, they decided to close the branch in dowtown Pontiac. The building was sold to a developer in the late 1990′s and is currently used mostly for professional services companies.”