Building Facade Confuses Local Man, Makes Him Doubt Loyalty to Bank

PNC Bank with Fake-Ass Windows and Fake-Ass Bricks IMGP0012
Windows on the left are painted on.

The PNC Bank at 301 7th Street NW has a painted-on set of windows and bricks on the east side of the building. For some reason, this really pissed me off and made me want to take my money somewhere else. I suppose I should be a little more rational and think before doing something so rash but it really rubbed me the wrong way.

I suppose I should be delighted by this building mural as public art but this really got under my skin. It felt to me like a visual laugh track. Maybe I’m just an old-fashioned guy. I like my gin with tonic and my murals not to try to deceive me. The whole thing felt like the mural equivalent of sofa-sized art – a painting more of convenience than inspiration.

PNC Bank – here is your chance to redeem yourself and explain why you have fake-ass windows and fake-ass bricks painted on your building.

I’m not saying it’s not well done. The craftsmanship is high and I am sure it took someone a good bit of time and sweat to do. It just sticks in my craw. Maybe it’s just that Dr. Zaius would not approve and thus neither do I.

10 Comments so far

  1. Wayan (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    And who peed in your Wheaties this morning?

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    I don’t know, Wayan, but I don’t want to have to do a taste test to find out. Somebody better step up and admit guilt.

  3. Tiffany (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 1:14 pm

    It’s worth pointing out that PNC bank only has ANY buildings in this area because they bought Riggs Bank a couple of years ago. It’s possible the building was like that already and they just haven’t gotten around to changing it.

  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

    Good point, Tiffany. That was before I came to the area so I did not know that. Maybe I should give them the benefit of the doubt and keep my money there. Of course, the Bank of Wayan has been trying to get me to invest in its new home…

  5. Withheld (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

    Do you guys like PNC Bank? I’m with Mercantile Potomac, recently purchased by PNC. But now I’m thinking of changing to Chevy Chase. Any insight?

  6. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    I was sold on PNC because of the low fees. It’s a discount bank, to be sure. I am not really impressed with them in terms of the services and quality other banks offer but really what I wanted was a place to put my money that won’t gouge me at every turn, the way Bank of America and Commerce Bank did. And Wachovia.

    So PNC fits the bill pretty much. They aren’t the best but they do pretty well for relatively little cost.

  7. chris (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    I like seeing all the ATM fees refunded to me when I look at my statement, that alone makes PNC a good bank.

  8. Withheld (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    They REFUND your ATM fees?!

  9. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 1:03 pm

    Yep. If you use another bank’s atm, they credit the fee back to you. It’s awesome. Awwwwwwesome.

  10. Don (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    USAA does the same thing, but last year they closed their bank membership to anyone who’s not active duty or former military. So if you didn’t make it in under the wire PNC might be the next best thing.

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