NBofC on the Sunset

Located on a decommissioned and isolated strip of the old Sunset Highway is this forgotten sign for the National Bank of Commerce. The National Bank of Commerce has its roots in Seattle and what today is known as the historic Holyoke Building. Richard Holyoke came to Seattle in the 1860’s from Canada seeking to make a living in the thriving lumber industries, and due to success he was able to move into real estate and eventually founded and opened the National Bank of Commerce which had branches throughout the state up until 1974 when it became Rainier Bank. Richard Holyoke passed away decades before that in 1905 but the building he had designed for the National Bank of Commerce is a recognized historic landmark in downtown Seattle to this very day.

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