Wade Ziperstein

Hyde Park Bank

Banking Hall Renovation

Hyde Park Bank, designed by noted architect K.M. Vitzthum in 1929, is a cornerstone of the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. The client wanted to update their 10,000 square foot banking hall, complementing its historic grandeur with modern amenities to meet the customer service expectations of today.

This project shows how old banks can be revamped to meet current needs. The improved space focuses the customer’s attention on particular retail areas, combining rich, contemporary materials with existing ornate surfaces to identify public and private zones. To preserve the openness of the grand banking hall, work areas and workstation files are concealed from public view. Executive offices within the vaulted galleries are enclosed with wood cabinets, metal mesh screens and fritted glass to provide privacy. Recessed up-lights modulate the transparency of views into and out of the offices.

The lighting, both indirect and focal, creates a comfortable ambience. Contemporary sconces and lamps concealed in restored chandeliers reflect indirect light off the re-gilded ceiling of the monumental hall. A glowing acrylic canopy over the teller line adds scale to the space and helps defuse the light on the computer monitors below.

  • Awards:
  • AIA National Honor Award, Interior Architecture
  • G.E. Edison Award of Excellence, Interior Lighting in collaboration with Schuler Shook
  • AIA Chicago Devine Detail Award
  • VMSD Merit Award, Retail Renovation
  • Publications:
  • Architectural Record, March 2005
  • Interior Design Magazine, March 2007
  • Chicago Tribune, The new McBanks: Devaluing design, February 24th 2005
  • Focus, AIA Chicago Magazine February 2005, April 2005, November 2006
  • i4design Magazine Winter 2007
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Journal, Chicago’s Best Executive Offices, May 23 2005
  • Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine, September 2005
  • Banks and Financial Institutions, April 2010

My Role: Project Architect

Architect: Florian Architects

Photographer: Barbara Karant

Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Reception Seating photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Hyde Park Bank Banking Hall Renovation photo
Project Sheet PDF