to buy a bank? Richmond's selling one
November 19, 2008 | RICHMOND -- The building that served
as a bank for 95 years in the city of Richmond is up
Established in 1908, this building has served many
purposes aside from being a bank, and thanks to Kathy
and Glen Gantz, who are residents of Richmond, you could
have the opportunity to make your reality a dream by
purchasing the building yourself.
The building itself is small, about 1,020 square feet,
but would be good for a small retail store or office,
Kathy Gantz said. They started about six months ago
remodeling it to bring it up to code, but they purchased
it about two years ago.
When the Gantzes bought the building, they had to
make many renovations to it. They tore out three levels
of the ceiling and insulated it. When the building was
first built the area above the bank was originally a
little living area. The second story of the building
was leveled in the earthquake of 1972. This earthquake
leveled many buildings and did much damage to the Cache
The Gantzes also painted the outside of the building
a brick red and installed a handicap-accessible entrance.
The furnace is new as well, since the old furnace looked
like it would be a money pit, said Kathy. Glen has done
about 90 percent of the work on this project, or as
her husband referred to it as her "mid-life crisis."
This is the reason they bought it, she said. She has
always wanted to own a piece of history.
They held an open house for the residents of Richmond,
and a few turned out to see the changes that have taken
place. The walls on the inside are painted green with
a white trim, and the most interesting thing is that
they still have the old vault inspection notes on display
inside the bank.
Unfortunately, the building is not on the historic
registry yet, but they should be able to apply get on
the historic registry list in 2012. They have to wait
because there have been changes made to the building
less than 50 years ago.