Woman Buys a Bank Building, Transforms It To Her New Home

When a former bank teller quits her job at the National Bank of Spring City in Spring City, PA 20 years ago, she wouldn’t thought that she would come back at the bank, buy the building and claim it as her new home, literally!

National Bank of Spring City


After the bank closed down in 1989, Cathy Calhoun received call from her former boss and told her that the bank building is up for sale. Calhoun was told that the building is perfect for her jewelry business but because of the location, she thought that the building would be better suited for something else: her home.

After paying for the bank building, Calhoun then started working for the interior transformation. She carefully and artistically incorporated some of the bank’s original features and treasures into the décor. She preserves the majority of original layout while creating 3-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms and one special room found in the basement.

Bank Building Calhoun

The 5,200 square foot building was originally built in 1872. In its years as a bank, it printed over $3 million of national currency, some of which can be found in the hands of collectors today. The exterior of the building is completely authentic, including its clock.

If given the chance to do, will you buy and live in a bank building too?

39 thoughts on “Woman Buys a Bank Building, Transforms It To Her New Home

  1. OMG I have seen this video – it is a MUST watch! What she did with this place is BEYOND transformed YET she managed to keep everything true to its nature and design. I so want to live here! Gorgeous!

  2. What an interesting idea and it really came out wonderfully. She even has the vailt still in the basement where she can store the excess jewelry from her business!

  3. That’s awesome that the zoning was right for her. I imagine it’s got a cool effect that’s hard to beat. 🙂

  4. The community art center that I work for is in an old bank building and we love it!! I love how she worked to make it her own special place!!

  5. What a neat article! Many years ago, my husband rented an apartment in Spring City.
    I loved the way you kept a lot of the “bank character” with your new place. I would love to see more pictures of the vault door and the special basement room.
    What a creative adventure, thanks for sharing!

  6. Whoa, the house looks awesome! I love places that have character, and this one surely does! Kudos to her, it looks so cozy and homey with touches of style.

  7. Good grief, this is one beautiful home. The woman certaintly knew how to decorate, didn’t she?! See – this is exactly how I’d love to have my home look. Soo so pretty – and the STORY behind it. Just wild. ILove it

  8. I love stories like this one. My parents very nearly but a century old fire station many years ago and I so wish that they had been able to do so. What’s more fun than repurposing on such a grand scale?

  9. I would never think of living in a former bank building, but what she did was awesome. The house looks really nice.

  10. That sounds like something straight off of that show, “You Live In What?” I think it comes on HGTV or something like that. The people on that show make homes out of the strangest places, like a former firehouse or a water treatment plant. A former bank would fit right in.

  11. I have to admit that if I had the money I would do the same thing she did with and old hotel here in my hometown. It has always been just a dream of mine since a little girl. The first time I entered it I was about three years old when my aunt and uncle had their wedding reception in the what was the ball room. Thanks for sharing.

  12. OMG, this is amazing! I would definitely live in an awesome, interesting place like this! I love seeing these homes that were once hospitals or libraries; now a bank. So cool!

  13. Oh wow, I can see why she feels like a Queen. I would love to live in there, and I would’ve loved going through everything. She had to have a great time. I know I would have. wow, Thanks for sharing!

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