Honoring the original sign and history, the new Lady Columbia sign will go up Wed., Dec. 19
TAMPA, Fla. (December 17, 2012) — USAmeriBank’s Ybor City branch, which opened in the former Columbia Bank building earlier this year, continues to honor the history and culture of the building and the Ybor district with a new 11-foot tall sign inspired by Columbia Bank’s original Lady Columbia sign of the 1940s and 50s. The sign will be installed Wednesday, December 19, at 2028 East 7th Avenue.
Columbia Bank opened in this building in 1936 and thrived in the neighborhood for decades. The original Lady Columbia sign was installed more than 60 years ago and is currently owned by the Grimaldi family, who also owned Columbia Bank. In line with the restoration of the building, the new sign honors the past and fits with other historical signs in Ybor by incorporating retro neon lights.
“Columbia Bank was an important Ybor institution, and this sign further represents USAmeriBank’s mission to preserve the history of the building, with a look to the future,” said Shari Middleton, Senior Vice President/Branch Manager.
The sign design was a collaboration of StudioMax Design, a Tampa-based branding, design and advertising company; and Thomas Sign & Awning Company, a Clearwater-based manufacturer of corporate signage, who constructed the sign.
“We went to great lengths to create a sign that honored the original and was appropriate for the present culture of the Ybor community,” said Joe Chillura, CEO of USAmeriBank.
USAmeriBank renovated the vacant 11,800-square-foot Columbia Bank building and officially opened in March of this year. The renovation highlighted the building’s architectural features, while also emphasizing Ybor’s importance to area commerce.
USAmeriBank is an independent, non-public bank based in Clearwater, Fla. that has established itself as an outstanding middle-market financial institution. The bank serves the needs of individuals and businesses in the Tampa Bay area by providing a high-level of personalized service and attention to a targeted customer base. USAmeriBank’s parent company is USAmeriBancorp, Inc. More information is available at www.USAmeriBank.com.