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First Union / National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC) / Uptown Sounds, 841 Dutch Square Boulevard: late 2000s   8 comments

Posted at 1:42 am in Uncategorized

Ok, this somewhat striking little building in the Dutch Square parking lot is now vacant. It was clearly a bank, and in fact the 1997 phonebook lists it as an NBSC. It must have closed some time ago though, because most of the google hits I get for 841 Dutch Square Boulevard are for Uptown Sounds.

The problem with that is that the hits all suggest that Uptown Sounds was a record store, and I don't recall that at all. Perhaps it went under before I came back to town around 2003, but I still thought I was familiar with the record stores in the area.

At any rate it's an interesting building (mainly because of the glassed bay extension on the end) though it's looking a bit frayed about the edges now -- the roof could certainly stand some paint.

UPDATE 13 November 2009: Added First Union to the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on November 12th, 2009

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8 Responses to 'First Union / National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC) / Uptown Sounds, 841 Dutch Square Boulevard: late 2000s'

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  1. In full resolution enlargement (by clicking on the photo), the photograph on the bottom catches the sunset in a very strange way. It almost looks like there is some sort of fiery lighting display coming from inside the building at the bay window. The smaller square window to the right of the bay window looks like a sunset painting hanging on the exterior wall. The overall purple color cast of the sunset really sets the building and windows off quite nicely. Neato. Don't have a clue about the building, but it does catch the eye.

    Man, I don't see how you can keep track of all these places. I'll see a closing on your blog that I never knew existed in the first place. It's both fascinating and sad at the same time to see how quickly some of these places come and go.

    Michael Taylor

    12 Nov 09 at 5:52 am

  2. Yes, it was an NBSC for the longest time. I'm pretty sure I got my first saving account here as a teenager. Uptown Sounds is also correct, and I recall it being a record store. This should have been in the 1990s. Not sure of the exact chronology, but I do recall both being there.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    12 Nov 09 at 9:47 am

  3. What was the name of the bank that was inside the mall right next to what was Record Bar?


    12 Nov 09 at 10:15 am

  4. Uptown Sounds was an urban-leaning record store. They catered mostly to DJs, if I remember correctly.


    12 Nov 09 at 3:16 pm

  5. This building was built as a First Union. It originally had a brown/copper colored roof, which was then painted First Union green. When First Union was merged with another bank, it became an NBSC.


    12 Nov 09 at 8:59 pm

  6. I don't recall it being a First Union, but it might have been. I thought it started as a Standard Federal. When Standard Federal folded, it became part of NBSC.


    13 Nov 09 at 12:34 pm

  7. The alphabet soup of the last 20 years of banking is just impossible to keep up with!

    If it was a Standard, the building goes back to before the S&L crisis in the 80s..


    13 Nov 09 at 12:53 pm

  8. I'll have to dig up my bank book from that era and find out which it was. Standard Federal does sound right, now that it's been mentioned. Yes, the building handily predates the S&L crisis. I think it's circa early to mid-1970s.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    13 Nov 09 at 6:12 pm

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