1890s vault doors were salvaged from the existing location and restored. They have been relocated, along with the new vault, along a “vault wall” behind the Customer Service Area.
Bowie is the biggest town in Montague County, but it is not the County Seat. Because of this there is no outdoor public space in town, like one typically sees around a courthouse. This new building is adjacent to the existing Bank, which had been updated so many times that it no longer had a connection to the fabric of the neighboring downtown buildings. Alongside the new building, the existing bank structure was partially demolished and refaced to recall the cotton warehouses of the early 20th century. This freed up space for a type of public square that now highlights the corner. The Bank owns and maintains this space, and allows it to be used for community events.
Bank technology and interior use of space in a bank has changed substantially over recent years. Long teller lines are no longer needed and less people come inside the Bank. The new lobby area makes room for Customer Service Representatives, who can provide teller functions, open new accounts, and provide other services. Because of this change, the traditional teller line has been transformed into a free floating station, where the CSR has state of the art technology at their fingertips to serve all of the customer’s needs. This provides efficiency both for the customer and for the Bank.