Talk will feature history of Summerland bank building

Bank of Montreal building on Main Street was opened in 1917 and served Summerland 101 years

Summerland historian David Gregory will speak about the former Bank of Montreal building, the first bank in the community.

The bank building was opened in 1917 and served the community for more than a century before it was closed and sold in 2018.

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Earlier this year, the new owners converted the building into a commercial pizza outlet while retaining many of the structure’s original features.

“The building has an interesting history,” Gregory said. “For example, Edwin Bertram May and Frank Peden were the architects, and May was also the first bank manager. It was rare to have an architect also serve as manager.”

Gregory’s presentation will also include photos of the bank’s concrete vault.

The presentation will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Sagebrush Theatre in the Summerland Seniors Village, 12803 Atkinson Rd. The free 20-minute talk will be held prior to a meeting of the Summerland branch of the Okanagan Historical Society. Everyone is welcome to attend and to stay for the meeting.

Donations are accepted. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

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