The Martha’s Vineyard Commission on Thursday voted to require Santander Bank to restore the terra-cotta roof on its iconic stone building on Main street Vineyard Haven.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission is expected to decide next month whether to require Santander Bank in Vineyard Haven to restore a Spanish tile roof that was replaced with red asphalt shingles last year without proper permissions, in an apparent administrative snafu.

After getting a new roof last year, the stone bank in Vineyard Haven that dates to the early 20th century may need to go back to its old look. The commission will decide whether to review the project.


Replacement of the distinctive tile roof on the old stone bank building in Vineyard Haven is causing concern among residents and town selectmen, who referred the project to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.


A national bank building, which, so far as its architectural design goes, is unique among banks, is that just opened in Vineyard Haven as the home of the Martha’s Vineyard National Bank. This institution, started in Edgartown 50 years ago, has enjoyed a prosperous existence up to the present time.