The plot of land where The Bank now stands started as a private residence in the mid 1800s. After changing hands a few times, the land and house were bought by The Bank of Giles on May 12, 1905 for a mere $750. The plan was to tear down the standing house and build a new bank building in its place.
On June 22, 1906 the new bank was purchased by The First National Bank of Pearisburg for $4000. This bank served as a community bank and landmark until 1959 when the bank relocated. The property was then purchased by C.A. Lucas who later donated the building to the Giles County Historical Society in 1981.
Unable to raise funds needed to restore the old bank, the society sold it in 1985. The building changed hands several times, becoming the First National Bank of Christiansburg, and then was purchased in 1992 by Attorney Garland S. Spangler for his law office.
In 2005, Linda and Lynn Hayes, at that time the owners of the Inn at Riverbend, a bed and breakfast in Pearisburg, decided to purchase the building to provide a location for a restaurant to serve their guests and the New River Valley. Meeting Chefs Cunninghame and Linda West was fate! Cunninghame grew up in Giles County and was ready to leave Las Vegas and return to this beautiful area to lease this building and open The Bank Food and Drink. The Wests moved to Houston in 2009. Now the Bank is owned and operated by Linda and Lynn and their executive chef, Michael Behmoiras.
The rock-faced concrete structure of Romanesque design has a shed roof with perforated parapet evocative of crenellation, full height arched recess and flanking turrets on the front elevation with two full height arched side windows. Notice the impressions of both a baby's foot and a dog's paw in the keystone over the entrance door!
The exterior has been preserved in its original state, thus making the building a significant component of the original 18 buildings in downtown Pearisburg placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building now adorns an engraved brass plate designating its place on the National Registrar.
To see a bit more about the history of Giles County, enjoy this video Giles County History.