On a recent hot summer day, we fled the city for the cool waters of the Russian River in Guerneville. On the way back into town, we stopped at the Guerneville Bank Club which I believe will leave an impression on you as it has me. The building stands on the corner of River Road and Church street in an imposing manner for this main street. Most of the other locales are low-slung single story food joints, but the bank calls our attention with a smooth simple stone facade and grand scale.
At first glance, it is evident that some special architectural effort has been realized here. According to the Guerneville Bank Club website, the building was built in 1921 and served as the historic bank. A club across the street was at one time called the bank club and those histories have been fused within its current operating name.
The original architect of the building was Carl I. Warnecke of firm Miller and Warnecke, who also happenhttp://russianriverbankbuilding.tumblr.com/s to be the father of John Carl Warnecke, one of the great modernist architects of the 20th century. The building was empty for 30 years and a few pictures show the journey of how this space was brought back over a year long renovation here. A full restoration blog can be found here.
The restored building is a delight to visit. The original bank teller stands have been modified as bar and counter while the vault doors open for all to go in! I love the heart of restoration and keeping histories alive and you truly feel the love and effort that have gone into bringing this building back into service.
Want to visit? Here are the details:
16290 MAIN STREET
GUERNEVILLE, CALIFORNIA 95446