Some history of the Chandler-Ames Bank building after 1900:
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Entry to the Chandler-Ames Bank before and after restoration completed.
LESLIE & RICHARD LaCROSSE
JAMES & ERIN GALVIN.
BARRY HAYNES - RENOVATOR
KLAUS ASERIAN - CABINET MAKER
GEORGE KOWALSKI - MASON
JEFF OUDERKIRK - ELECTRICAL
EVERT TAYLOR - HEATING
Original window and cherry paneling discovered at the Chandler Bank Building!
The Historical Society wishes to thank all the members, friends, relatives, and everyone who donated their time, money and expertise to makimg the renovation of this piece of history possible.
Chandler-Ames Bank Building History
In February of 2020, the Mexico Historical Society was able to purchase the building next to their Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum. A restoration committee was formed to oversee the plans for the restoration of the historic building to its original state. In August of 2023, an Open House was held to celebrate the completion of the renovation and to celebrate Starr Clark's 230th birthday.
In 1855, James S. Chandler and Leonard Ames Jr. built the brick bank on the site of McNair and Hatch's store. They carried on a private banking business until 1865 when Mr. Ames withdrew from the firm. J. S. Chandler carried on the business until 1867, when he was obliged to make assignment to Luther H. Conklin and D. W. C. Peck. Other bankers used the building until 1900, when the business was sold to Charles H. Peck, who moved the business to Jefferson Street in 1903.
The Chandler-Ames Bank building consists of two floors of approximately 900 square feet each and a clean and dry basement. The first floor ceiling is about 8 feet in height. The original vault (made of concrete) still exists.
To arrange a tour of the Starr Clark Tin Shop and Underground Railroad Museum call Jim at 315-963-7853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A particular thank you is in order to the following people :
Chandler & Ames Bank Museum