Lawrence Brady, a lawyer, and Martin J. Manning, a realtor, rented the lower floor in 1930, while a billiards parlor established itself upstairs in 1931, but the latter did not last long in the depression and the former moved out within two years. In 1934 the City rented the building to handle overflow from the crowded Mt. Vernon School, but with the opening of GW High School the next year it reverted to vacant for the next five years.
It looks sort of like a church, you say? With the tall, palladian windows and deep configuration? Well, yes, others thought of that as well. In 1940 the Alexandria Church of the Nazarene moved in, followed shortly by the Advent Lutheran Church congregation. Neither stayed long, as the interior configuration was actually far from ideal for that use, the only access to other rooms being by means of stairs at the far end, where the altar would presumably be.
Success, of sorts, finally came to The Old Bank Building in March 1944. Back in 1931 realtor Martin J. Manning, former tenant, had purchased the lot immediately north of the building and put up a single story structure at 2403 Mt. Vernon that is now “Lets Meat On The Avenue”. That housed, first, Brady & Manning Real Estate, and later MJ Manning Real Estate. He had apparently not lost his fondness for his former rental digs and in the spring of 1944 he purchased the old bank building from Thomas Lee, now a widower, and moved his offices in there. With that, Hamilton's Confectionery took over his old office at 2403.
The candy store moved out after 17 years when Manning sold 2403 in July 1961, but he kept operating his realty firm out of The Old Bank Building for over 20 years until his death in 1969.
Meanwhile, Poladian Construction had owned the northern half of that block for some time, and had built the large “Poladian Building” (now housing Cheesetique and the The Snack Bar) there. Harry Poladian wanted the rest of the block and in January 1970 he bought The Old Bank Building from the Manning estate, followed later that year by 2403 Mt. Vernon and the other shops between the properties.
If there was a plan for this new aggregation of property it was well-hidden. The Old Bank Building briefly hosted a few City community organizations on an intermittent basis in the late 70s but from the early '80s it remained completely vacant and desolate.