Stone and Gold
Photographs by Edward Burtynsky, Serge Hambourg, James Iska, Len Jenshel, David Miller, John Pfahl, George A. Tice, and Catherine Wagner
The relationship between changing architectural styles and the evolution of banking practice emerged almost immediately as the critical issue [when work began on Money Matters in 1985].…Bankers used new architectural fashions and technological advances to serve their industry’s changing needs—occasionally even setting the pace in innovation. These needs have always been both physical and psychological. Bankers have always relied heavily on architecture to convince people of the stability, security, and solvency of their institutions.
— Susan Wagg, 19911
“North American Bank Architecture: An Overview,” in Money Matters (Montreal: Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1991), 21. ↩
These photographs were shown in the exhibition Money Matters, which travelled here in 1991. The project originated as a photographic commission by the Parnassus Foundation aiming to generate a comprehensive look at the architecture of banks in North America. The Parnassus Foundation donated a set of prints from the commission to our collection in 1993. Even by that time, many of the names of the banks depicted had changed.