The Chicago Association of REALTORS® recently presented Naperville Bank & Trust with the 2013 Good Neighbor Award (“GNA”) for the renovation of the Naperville post office into their newest bank location. The GNA was created for ground-breaking rehabs and development throughout the nine-county Chicago metropolitan areas, rewarding visionaries for “breaking the mold,” and setting new standards of excellence.
Initially, the award was given to property owners whose property rehabs helped bring a positive impact to the surrounding neighborhood. Today, the award goes much farther – it recognizes those whose efforts go “above and beyond” their peers, conquering challenges, and bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. It recognizes properties that offer unique amenities and bonus facilities, often strengthening community pride.
The new bank location is located inside the restored 1939 post office building on Washington Street in downtown Naperville. The post office is still present, which takes up 2,000 square feet on the south end of the building with its own entrance. Included in the lobby for the bank are a coffee bar, seating area, and three interactive exhibit pieces provided by the DuPage Children’s Museum and Naper Settlement.
Bulletin boards from the old post office will display community news and a large conference room will be available for community use by reservation at no charge.
Other highlights of the renovation include creation of an open floor plan and a stately gallery-style lobby with a 14-foot ceiling and roof windows to provide additional light; reuse of the existing marble wainscot from 1939 and the 1963 renovation; restoration of the original white oak windows and installation of Art Deco style lighting fixtures. An original art mural commissioned by the government for the original 1939 structure is displayed over the new teller windows.
As an award recipient, Naperville Bank & Trust will receive a GNA plaque, complimentary admission to the 21st Annual GNA Reception held on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Green Exchange’s Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL, recognition in the Chicago Tribune Sunday, May, 26th, 2013 Winners Ad; featured in a special issue of the Chicago REALTORS® Magazine and on the GNA website.
About Naperville Bank & Trust
Naperville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community bank, provides customized financial solutions for residents and businesses in the area. Naperville Bank & Trust is a branch of Wheaton Bank & Trust Company, Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. For more information visit our website at www.banknaperville.com and “Like” us on Facebook www.facebook.com/NapervilleBank.
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