THE BIOGRAPHY OF CHICAGO’S MARINA CITY
Written by Steven Dahlman

Terry’s Photography

Closer Look: The Teleview Teller

P. J. Hoff was a television weatherman on WBBM-TV in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. His weather reports made use of cartoons that he drew by hand. He is seen here the week before Marina City Bank opened on February 25, 1964.

The “Teleview Teller” Hoff is pulled up to (yes, it is February and that is a convertible) allowed customers to bank with a teller on closed-circuit television. Papers and money were sent back and forth through pneumatic tubes.

When Marina City Bank opened on a Tuesday on the main floor of the office building, it had $372,575 in deposits. Within a month, it had $12 million in deposits and was, according to American Banker magazine, one of the 2,800 largest banks in the U.S.

Terry’s Photography Photo by Steven Dahlman

Then & Now: 350 North State Street. (Left) In a photo that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on February 26, 1964, a convertible is pulled up to the Teleview Teller at Marina City Bank. This area was a drive-up lane just off State Street. The east tower parking ramp is partially visible at upper left.

(Right) By November 28, 2011, this area was no longer accessible to vehicles. One Teleview Teller was approximately where the concrete stairs are at left. Another was just ahead on the left. The upper floor of the building at right is now a Chase bank branch and the southeast corner is an enclosed area for ATMs. The lower portion was a Crunch fitness center from 1999 to 2008. (1964 photos by Terry’s Photography. 2011 photo by Steven Dahlman. Click on images to view larger versions.)

Chicago Sun-Times

(Above) A woman identified only as the wife of Albert W. Noonan, who was a former director of the International Association of Assessing Officers, speaks with a teller identified only as Mr. Frankel.

(Right) A teller at right, Jeanne Marie Leenaerts (1931-1990), counts change as Noonan waits in the background and Frankel sits at a console filled with television monitors, buttons, switches, papers, keys, and an ashtray. (1964 Chicago Sun-Times photographs.)

Chicago Sun-Times

Last updated 12-Dec-11