"Much of the building’s original structure has been kept intact, including red brick walls and sweeping archways. Modern touches have been added, including an indoor brick walkway named 'The Mechanics Way,' which is complete with lampposts, a storefront and decorative ceiling. The brick walkway leads to the courtyard."
This marks a change in direction for Mechanics from previous expansions and updating of its downtown headquarters. Former expansions into the adjacent building westward on Park Avenue and south on Main Street into the former Smart's music store building involved near featureless cladding of the storefronts with pink marble, a practice that would not have gained approval under the design guidelines now in place since 2003.
The News Journal website has a gallery of pictures from yesterday's open house (link above) if you can get past the pay wall and tolerate the advertising. Here are a few pictures from my files of the way it used to be.
|16 S Main 2003|
|Little Journeys Bookshop 16 S. Main|
|Renovation at Uncle John's, next door in 2011.|
|Bowland Mansion, where Mechanics Bank now stands.|