Glass Banks Will Foil Hold-Ups (Aug, 1931)
Glass Banks Will Foil Hold-Ups
BANK hold-ups may soon become things of the past if the common-sense but revolutionary ideas of Francis Keally, New York architect, are put into effect. He suggests that banks be constructed with glass walls and that office partitions within the building likewise be transparent, so that a clear view of everything that is happening inside the bank will be afforded from all angles at all times.
The glass wall would be double, with an air space between which would be maintained at even temperature to keep the surface clean of frost and steam. Tellers would not be caged behind barred wickets or bullet-proof windows, but would transact business over an ordinary counter, keeping a minimum amount of currency at hand. Cash reserves of the bank would be kept in a huge basement vault, connected by a pneumatic tube system for carrying money to and from the tellers. The money vaults would be windowless and admittance would be barred by massive doors, but workers would be provided fresh air by means of modern ventilating systems.