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PeoplesBank donates historic building to Glen Rock for borough hall

Noel Miller
York Dispatch

The PeoplesBank building in downtown Glen Rock has witnessed a lot of change in its 110 years.

But, when the bank company chose to shutter its branch inside, it chose to leave it to — well — the people.

“We could have sold it and someone could have put up a pizza shop or something,” said John Moss, the bank's vice president of marketing. Instead, Moss said, PeoplesBank chose to donate the centrally located brick building, which was built in 1912, to the borough.

The PeoplesBank of Glen Rock sits at 1 Manchester St. where the four main roads of the borough merge.

The building already housed offices for borough government and the Glen Rock Historical Preservation Society. Now, both will have a permanent home — and room to expand.

“It’s been a big part of the downtown at the signal light where the four major streets in Glen Rock merge,” said Jon Nicklow, the president of the preservation society, who described the building as a local landmark.

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Nicklow said the bank has existed in Glen Rock since 1864, although for a time it operated under a different company as the First National Bank. The original building was replaced in 1912 with a neoclassical design by Joseph Dise. That sturdy design of brick, concrete and marble made it an "iconic-looking building," he said.

After a brief closure during the Great Depression, he said, the bank reopened as the PeoplesBank of Glen Rock in 1934.

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Although the borough offices and preservation society are on different floors, they will work together to create a public space, said Borough Council President Rollin Apgar. The public space plans are not final, and as the project progresses the borough will accept public input on the plans.

“The Glen Rock Borough is extremely grateful for the generous gift from PeoplesBank,” he said. "This building is an architecturally and culturally significant part of our town."

The donation, Apgar said, will allow the borough to keep its borough offices in the building and the local historical society to "continue their mission of curating our local history."

A formal donation ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the bank, 1 Manchester St., Glen Rock.  To learn more about the history of the bank building in Glen Rock, visit the preservation society’s website at http://162.214.200.122/~northbelltower/h/.