[Source: Vince Murray, Arizona Historical Research] -- Although this building is not fifty years old, the 1962 Valley National Bank is a unique piece of architecture in Tempe. The geodesic dome roof was a type of structural system advocated by architect, theoretician, and futurist, Buckminster Fuller. This building has a prominent location on the corner of Rural and Apache and may be an individually eligible property in the year 2012.
The building does not show up on the comprehensive development plan for ASU's Tempe campus. It's the opinion of the City of Tempe Historic Preservation Office and Arizona Preservation Foundation that the building should be reevaluated at that time for status of integrity.