Stone, composite wood and zinc will be the three primary
materials used in the
design of the Bank First building in downtown Cedarburg.
Renderings courtesy of TKWA
CEDARBURG — The home of Bank
First, formerly Partnership Bank at W61 N529 Washington Ave., will
be getting a new look.
The Cedarburg Common Council approved a certificate of
appropriateness for the business at its most recent meeting.
Architect Allen Washatko of Kubala Washatko Architects Inc.
presented renderings and explained the design to the commission.
The Cedarburg Landmarks Commission recommended approval to the
commission after discussions with the architect firm about the
The plaster that is currently covering the building will be removed
and the building will be refaced with three different materials,
stone, a composite wood and zinc, to separate the long elevation of
the two separate buildings, according to the Cedarburg Landmarks
A stone veneer will be applied to the east side of the bank
(Washington Avenue). The portion of the building that is not the
bank will be clad in composite wood.
Space inside the building will be leased to other firms.
view from Washington Avenue.
Renderings courtesy of TKWA
The renderings show
the west side of the building will contain the majority
of the wood.
The north side of the building on Mill Street will be
clad in Rheinzink, a manufacturer of titanium zinc
products. A small portion of that material will be shown
on the west side of the building.
The new design will also include a 22 foot high
clerestory tower at the main entrance of the building.
Plan Commissioner Pat Thome attended the first Landmarks
Commission meeting and said she liked the design.
“I’m comfortable with where this is going,” she said.
City Planner Jon Censky said the Landmarks Commission
wanted people to know of the different types of
buildings that are in the historic preservation
district: contributing and noncontributing buildings and
why they would approve a design like this in the
“It’s a district that includes critical buildings to the
district, those are pivotal buildings,” he said. “Those
are the most important, most historic buildings in the
area. There’s contributing buildings which contribute to
the pivotal buildings and the district itself.” Censky
explained that the Landmarks Commission studies old
historic pictures to make sure that when it comes to
possible changes that are critical to the downtown area
they make sure it stays consistent and reflects the
“But when they’re dealing with non-contributing
buildings they have a little bit more latitude in terms
of how they look at that building,” he said. “What they
want to do is make sure it is not an exact replica of a
historic building but that there is a distinction
between the historic buildings and the newer buildings.”