First Pasadena State Bank tower brought down in spectacular implosion

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Hannah Falcon

PASADENA, Texas - After standing tall for nearly 60 years, the historic First Pasadena State Bank tower was brought down Sunday in spectacular fashion.

Just after 7 a.m., crews set off a series of controlled explosions to bring the 15-story building to the ground. The implosion sent a cloud of dust streaming across the city.

Video from SKY 2 showed a crowd of spectators gathered around the site to watch the grand old building come tumbling down.


Brief history

Since the ground-breaking on New Year’s Eve in 1961, the building has been a landmark in Pasadena for over half a century.

It served as not only a bank but also a hub for the community. Although the local community control of the bank itself was lost, the skyscraper has been at the center of community memories since it was opened in 1963. 

From Santa’s sleigh at Christmas, to making a wish in the lobby pond, the First Pasadena State Bank building has made a lasting impression on the community.

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