Ground was broken on November 2, 1961 on what would originally be known as the First Security National Bank Building.
The most distinctive aspect of the building's design is its solar screen on the north and west sides of the building. The solar screen was designed by Pitts, Mebane, and Phelps, and D.E. Steinman associated architects and engineers on the building. The solar screen is composed of 361 sections that weigh more than 1 ton each. The total weight of the solar screen is 758,000 pounds! The screen was designed to let natural light inside while holding the heat of the Sun's rays at bay.
The Grand Opening and formal dedication of the building took place on November 2, 1961. Local dignitaries and guests from across the area came to the building to see firsthand a building that was designed with customer in mind. It’s open and welcoming design were ahead of its time.
The bank would change ownership and names over the years. First City Bank was acquired by Texas Commerce Bancshares in 1993. The operations of First City Bank were consolidated with those of Texas Commerce Bank in another building in downtown Beaumont.
Beaumont Preservation Partners purchased the building in 2006. The building was re-christened the First City Building. We began immediately to remodel and upgrade the building. Our efforts have paid off as numerous leaders in a variety of industries have decided to the First City Building home.