Then & Now: 1st National Bank of Monrovia

This post is a continuation of a series of “Then & Now” images from Lewis Reed’s Photo Collection alongside photographs of how they appear today. Lewis Reed worked hard to preserve a visual history of Montgomery County, Maryland and surrounding area long before automobiles were even around. As early as 1905, he toured on his motorcycle across the states of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. and took photographs of many historic locations. Taken approximately 113 years apart, you can see how the 1st National Bank of Monrovia Maryland looks almost the same from over a century ago.

1st National Bank of Monrovia (THEN): In 1908, the First National Bank of Monrovia was founded and the Renaissance Revival bank building was erected. The bank was merged with the Central Trust Company in 1916 and closed in the early 1930’s in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash and ensuing Great Depression of the 1930’s.

1st National Bank of Monrovia, 1910

1st National Bank of Monrovia. Photo by Lewis Reed, 1910

1st National Bank of Monrovia (NOW): The bank is now the office of a construction company.


The 1st National Bank of Monrovia today is still very recognizable

Source: Monrovia, Maryland – Wikipedia


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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

4 responses to “Then & Now: 1st National Bank of Monrovia”

  1. Edward F. Hyman says :

    Beautiful old bank building in Monrovia, Maryland. Thank the Lord for Lewis Reed and his interest in Montgomery County and his love for photography and automobiles.

    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hello Edward,

      I always enjoy looking back at the past and seeing how everything we know today once was. Some locations have been substantially modified; some have, for the most part remained the same, and others are gone entirely. Pretty fascinating.

      Thanks for reading and leaving your very kind comment.

      Best Regards,

  2. Patrick T Kernan says :


    • Reed Brothers says :

      Hi Patrick!

      So happy you liked it! As always, thanks for stopping by.

      Best Regards,

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