Banco Central de Honduras (1958)
As conceived, the ten-story building would cost $1.5 million and include a single-story wing that would be supported, or hang, from arches instead of rest on a foundation. Sarmiento stated that this design never made it past the conceptual phase because Honduran's desired thought the building was too different and requested a "building that looked like the Falstaff Building in St. Louis" which was a more typical Sarmiento design.
The Central Bank of Honduras was designed by W.A. Sarmiento of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America to reflect modern standards in banking. The building's location across from the historic Legislative Plaza creates a juxtaposition of architectural styles and city planning in the capitol city. The building evokes several characteristic features of Bank Building & Equipment Corporation design: built up massing with a horizontal base, vertical tower, topped with a cylindrical cap; columns that ring the horizontal base for support; a central utility core that is covered by a decorative screen; and transparency through the length of the building with ribbons of windows, while the width of the building is solid and impermeable. To celebrate the building's 50th anniversary, the country printed an air-mail stamp with a rendering of the structure.
Historical outline provided by the Central Bank of Honduras.
Additional photo provided by billypuddy on Webshots.