Burke & Herbert Bank


One of Alexandria’s local banks, it’s a hundred years older than I am. Mr. Herbert was the last person to be born in the historic Carlyle House.

This is the Del Ray branch. It’s not the first branch of the bank, but to me it’s the most interesting because of the neon sign.

6 Responses to Burke & Herbert Bank

  1. Sally says:

    I just love those old fashined signs. Always remind me of 1940s movies. Especially LA noir, or something by Steinbeck! (wrong side of the country , I know, ;-))

  2. Olivier says:

    belle enseigne, les anciennes enseignes ont du charme et un look que l’on ne retrouve pas sur les enseignes modernes. peut etre suis je nostalgique !!

    beautiful sign, the old signs have charm and a look which one does not find on the modern signs. can be am I nostalgic!!

  3. passante says:

    My cousin found the name of the bank hysterically funny when she was visiting from London. In England, both names are colloquial ways of saying “stupid,” as in “You silly berk,” or “You daft herbert.”

    “You really trust your money to a bank called Burke and Herbert?!” she said to me, as she took a photograph with which to amuse all her friends back home. It had never struck me until that moment, but now of course …

  4. mariemcc says:

    Sally, I agree, but then I was born in California and lived there most of my life.

    Olivier, c’est vrai, je prefere les anciennes enseignes.

    Passante, that’s HILARIOUS!!!

  5. Felicia says:

    Very nice old sign, I agree with Olivier – they have a special charm. I guess we don’t see as many new neon signs. The new ones are usually rectangular backlit signs – boring.

  6. Hunt says:

    The Encyclopedia Britannica goes on for pages about the English statesman Edmund Burke; evidently, he had good sense. The Herbert Family was successful in Alexandria business for centuries. They had started the city’s first bank.

    Today, Burke and Herbert is the oldest bank in Virginia, is ranked among the top 1% of the safest banks in the U.S., and is known for superior customer service. That’s good enough for my money, silly brit twits notwithstanding. Cool sign too!

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