A historic building on Public Square with state-of-the-art amenitiesThe Luzerne Bank Building, 67-69 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA, is fourteen stories plus a gabled-roof penthouse (the tallest building in the Wyoming Valley). The building was originally constructed in 1930. It was designed in the Neo-Romanesque architectural style, and features a massive base with a large entry arch. Rows of arches and corbelled arches decorate the building above the base and near the top.
Inside, the lobby ceiling has a decorative relief in the Art Deco style. The bank lobby – five stories high! – is decorated with a beautiful ceiling painted with real gold leaf accents. This ceiling appears to be supported by sculpted figures of coal miners, merchants, and native American Indians. (architecturally called “telamons”).
Each floor of the building is approximately 6500SF, with approximately 5500-6000SF considered rentable. The current owners purchased the building in 1980, and since that time renovations and modernizations have been on-going – no absentee landlord issues here. Since that time we have:
- Completely upgraded the building electrical systems.
- Replaced windows throughout. And yes, they all open if you prefer fresh air.
- Introduced redundant fiber optic cables into the building and wired the offices and apartments for internet service (infrastructure in place for speeds of up to a gigabit per second).
- Renovated hallways and offices (on-going).
- Constructed a bridge to the new intermodal parking garage (2009).
- Converted the inefficient steam radiator heating system and window air-conditioning system to a state-of the-art, tenant-controlled, energy-efficient heat pump system (2012).
- Modernized the two passenger elevators into new high-speed digitally-controlled elevators (end 2013).
- Installed building video security system and automatic main door entry system (2013).