MOBILE, Ala. — Members stepping into Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union new downtown branch often do a double take as they walk through the Bank of Mobile glass doors.

"It certainly gives people pause but when we explain to them why we kept these elements the reaction is always so positive and supportive. Our members think it's pretty neat and unexpected given the bank/credit union adversarial relationship," said AACFCU Business Development Officer David Lenoir. "It is a great way to transcend that and send the message of choice. Banks, credit unions, both are necessary as is people's ability to choose."

The "new" facility not only has historical significance as it was originally built in the 1850s to house nine cotton brokers, but has the distinction of housing the first federal depository some 25 years after the Civil War Reconstruction period–The Bank of Mobile, National Banking Association. In 1903, the building was acquired for use by the newly formed bank.

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