Kenyon buys former Peoples Bank building

T he College recently agreed to purchase the former Peoples Bank building on Chase Avenue. The circa 1904 building, which was the subject of a great deal of community debate last year when the bank made public its plan to build a new facility, will cost approximately $175,000.

The old building, which was vacated by Peoples Bank when its operations were moved to a new facility on Wiggin Street in June 1998, will become the headquarters of Kenyon's Office of Human Resources for the immediate future.

"We are delighted to be able to acquire a property so central to Gambier and so important to Kenyon," said President Robert A. Oden Jr., who noted that any decisions regarding longer term use of the former bank building will await completion of the updating of the campus master plan by the Columbus, Ohio, architectural and design firm of NBBJ. "Recent discussions have only heightened our appreciation of the necessity of maintaining and enhancing the College's beauty and hence of planning with deliberation and on the basis of wide consulting before we move ahead with any more permanent assignment of the space."