W.A. Sarmiento’s designs for Bank Building & Equipment Corporation led to the construction of hundreds of cutting-edge mid-century modern buildings nationwide.
He became a driving force behind revolutionizing the look and feel of banking in postwar America between 1952 and 1964.
"Architecture is the art to shelter man's activities with a balance of engineering and sculpture."
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Bank Building & Equipment
Corporation of America
From its start as a small cabinet-making shop in a St. Louis back alley in 1913, cousins Joseph B. Gander and Louis Orabka built a company over several decades to become the foremost design-build firm of the mid-twentieth century known as the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America.
Designing and constructing over 4,000 projects through 1962, the company pioneered trend-setting styles of modern architecture, technological innovations in banking and design, and perfected using the design-build process throughout the United States. The company’s significant rise to prominence gained its strength from the trust and visionary partnership between the charismatic and visionary owner, Joseph B. Gander, and creative ingénue Chief of Design, Wenceslao A. Sarmiento.
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