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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oubre and Wagner's South Branch Bank

In December 1962, New Orleans Architect magazine published Oubre & Wagner's new South Branch Bank for the Bank of Slidell, Louisiana. Photographer Frank Lotz Miller's image (above) accompanied the project synopsis. The 260 sq. ft. drive-in occupied a 1.1.-acre suburban lot at the intersection of Highway 11 and Broad Street. Oubre and Wagner Architects developed a two-sided scheme for access to teller windows, with two adjacent walls separating the automotive paths:

"Since most of the site was to be occupied by a flat circulation pattern and the building was to accommodate fast business within a brick and glass enclosure, and consequently, small in volume, it was decided that an umbrella development over the building would be effective for weather-proofing the motorist and for visual effect. . . The low masonry screen walls are to shield on-coming traffic and for a horizontal dimension to the building."

The building has been razed.

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