June 3, 2010 – Independence Bank has announced its plans to construct a two-story replica of Independence Hall, in downtown Henderson. The 100′ tall, 2-story; 10,500 square foot replica will be constructed on the corner of Green and Washington street and will most definitely change the Henderson Skyline as one should be able to see the new office from nearly 10 blocks away.
Just as Independence Hall was used as a principal meeting place, this new office will be a “destination” location that the people of Henderson will be proud to say is located in their hometown. This building is a statement that Independence Bank is proud of its community, and it’s a way of saying thank you to Henderson for its support. Although historical outside, the inside will be state-of-the-art in every way with decorative stained glass ceilings, open glass offices, an atrium in the lobby, a bell tower and a museum foyer with rotating historical exhibits of interest to the Henderson community. The walls will also be complemented with original artwork commissioned by Time Magazine‘s official 9-11 artist Peter O’Neill. O’Neill has completed a series on “Virtues” for this signature location.
“The history of Independence Bank and Henderson goes back much further than when we opened our first location here in 1999. One of the banks founding fathers, Charles A. Reid, was a native to the Henderson area. Mr. Reid, better known as “Chubby,” was a graduate and former basketball player of Holy Name High School and his lifelong dream was to build a prominent business in his hometown. Today, my father’s dream becomes a reality,” said Chris Reid, President and CEO of Independence Bank.
“Over the last three years, Henderson itself, along with Independence Bank, has seen unprecedented growth that constitutes a better office that will meet the needs of our customers and community,” said Henderson County President Jim Davis. Davis said that “The City of Henderson will have a piece of history right now, not 100 years from now.”
“From a board member’s perspective it’s very exciting to be a part of a bank that continues to grow in this competitive environment. It says a lot about the employees of Independence Bank and how they meet the never-ending challenges of the banking industry. This new structure will allow us to provide even more opportunity for the folks in Henderson to take advantage of,” stated Darrell Littrell.
Construction is expected to begin later this summer with an estimated completion around July, 4th 2011. The completion will be followed by an Independence Day celebration similar to the opening of the three-story replica of Independence Hall in Owensboro back in July of 2004. A free concert was provided for customers and the community featuring Martina McBride and Tracy Lawrence. Henderson can anticipate a similar celebration as well.