Celebrating The Past
Creating The Future

The Banc has been the centerpiece of downtown Hammond since it opened in 1925. Groundbreaking began on the building on July 21, 1924, with a “topping off” ceremony on the roof of the building happening in August, 1925. It is Hammond’s first skyscraper.


Addison C. Berry was the original architect of The Banc. An apprentice to Daniel Burnham, Berry and Burnham designed the Art Institute of Chicago. He also co-designed of the World’s Columbia Exposition.

The Banc is one of a number of historical and architectually-unique buildings in downtown Hammond.


In 2019, the City of Hammond began working with Jeff Speck, a world renowned urban planner, to reenvision and reinvigorate downtown Hammond. Efforts include the new South Shore expansion of the west lake rail line, which adds three new stations in Hammond. The existing South Shore Gateway station is one mile from The Banc. A new downtown station is under development and is located just two blocks away from us.