Union Trust Bank
The Union Trust Bank building dates back to 1926, the height of St. Petersburg’s first big real estate boom. M. Leo Elliot, a Tampa architect whose credits included the old Tampa City Hall, Centro Asturiano and the Italian and Cuban clubs of Ybor City, designed the building with Beaux Arts elements including a “garland” around the arched main entrance. It became the largest state-chartered bank in Florida. Almost every loan, land sale, home mortgage or savings account started at the stately Union Trust building. Customers wore suits or high heels and pearls to conduct business amid its cherry paneling and ornate decor. Tellers worked behind brass cages, while executives sat in offices above with small interior windows from which to monitor the comings and goings of people and money below in the crowded lobby. A marble staircase led to the huge vault in the basement with almost 20 rooms for private deposits or withdrawals from safe deposit boxes.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, residents joked about taking shelter in the vault in case of an attack. The City Council approved a historic designation for the building in 2004 and began marketing the block for redevelopment as a way to connect downtown with the Edge and Grand Central Districts. “This is a great example of honoring our past and pursuing the future. We want to preserve what we can whenever we can,” Kriseman said in a statement. “A missing tooth in the city’s smile,” is how Mayor Rick Kriseman described the long-empty stretch of Central.
Removal of Graffiti
Fabrication and Installation of Twenty-Two (22) Arched Brick Windows
Ornamental Metal Window Restoration
Installation of Storefront Doors
Installation of Hurricane/Impact Windows
Restoration (Complete Rebuild) and Relocation of Historic Clock
Coatings and Sealants
What Our Clients Say
I have never hesitated to recommend their company; indeed, I frequently have done so and will continue to.
Your solution was so original that you received an Award of Merit for Preservation... Your repair and restoration work... has allowed me to brag that since 1915 our 100-year-old building has never been in better shape!
Susan Hill Pieper
Paulding County Carnegie Library
The owner, Mrs. Cassie Gardner is very professional and excellent to work with... She took the time to communicate the project status and... The project was completed by the due date and the project remained within budget.
Greater Bethel M.B. Church, Inc. Trustee Chairman
I can personally attest positively to their bold of handling the efforts involved in attaining very positive results in our restoration process. I was very much pleased.
Samuel J. Hemingway
Liaison, Bethel AME Church
Entrusting our heirloom to All Trades has been a blessing for our community of faith. Without reservation we recommend their care for antiquities worth preserving for future generations.
The Rev. Roy Tuff, Rector
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and School
The supervision and tradesmen
supplied by All Trades was some of the best I have ever worked
with and I would gladly recommend them on any historical
Lakeland Terrance Hotel
If ever we need any work on any of our buildings, we will make our first call to All Trades. We found Cassie Gardner to be most knowledgeable as to how to solve our problems. A very professional company.
Larry D. Clem
Property Manager, Church of the Ascension
We have been very pleased with the outcome of the project and we will continue to use All Trades for the next phases of our building restoration!
Jim Zinner and Cynthia Morselli
First United Methodist Church, Plant City
We are very impressed with the quality of work and proud of the finished product... The workers did not just do a “job” but, rather, were passionate about their work... We could not be more pleased...
Johnson County Commissioners
William Gabel, John Marr, Charles Kavanaugh
The latest project was a year-long restoration of our brick, mortar, and cast stone. This 97-year-old 60,000+ square foot building demands constant maintenance and the flexibility, knowledge, attention to detail and thoughtful project management that All Trades offers, along with Cassie’s incredible enthusiasm makes a sizable project seem to go smoothly and the building well cared for.
Facilities Manager, First United Methodist Church