Trust Company, Monroe Drive Branch

place image

In the late 1960s and 1970s the development of the branch banking system nationwide provided architects with the opportunity to create a magnum opus on the manageable scale. Offering drive-in banking facilities, the branches related to the road visually, physically or inadvertently.

This award-winning branch bank of Trust Company of Georgia (now SunTrust) was designed by Atlanta architect Henri Jova, who came up with a form that had neither front nor back and could be read and recognized from a speeding vehicle on a busy freeway. It was published in Time Magazine, Interiors and other publication when it opened in 1965.

Celebrated during the APC's "Ancients and Moderns" lecture series in 2003, it was placed on the APC's Endangered List. Is was saved in 2005 when it was converted into the Piebar restaurant; its last occupant was Eros Tapas. The APC has been working to have the site declared eligible for National Register status. Currently, it is unoccupied and therefore remains in jeopardy.

UPDATE:  Henri Jova’s Modern Masterpiece faces a new danger.  Read about this threat to Atlanta’s architectural heritage in the following articles:

Listed in 2009, 2003

Address: 2160 Monroe Drive Atlanta, GA  30324
Area of City: Buckhead
Time: 1965
Architect/Designer: Henri Jova