Wow! The American State Bank building has found a new use. ASB was bought by Albina Community Bank and eventually closed, but memories of ASB linger on. Here is a description of murals that adorned the building ; Karrin Ellertson wrote in the Portland Mercury of “the kitsch wonderland” that the inside of the building had been.
Venerable Booker opened American State Bank at the end of the sixties, as detailed in this article in the Seattle Times, making it one of the few black-owned banks in the nation.
Now, CrossFitMLK is moving into the American State Bank building (built in 1955; sold in 2007 for 2.2 million$) – opening up a fitness club.
CrossFitMLK is not owned by the same folks who own CrossFitHEL (Human Evolution Labs) at 4830 NE MLK, though they’re ‘affiliated’.