Category Archives: Bank buildings

Four corners in a Square: DeWitt AR

DeWitt, Arkansas boasts a downtown square that was designed as …a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered … Continue reading

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Van Buren, AR: Downtown Historic District

In 2010, we headed to Colorado with grand vacation plans and a dog. Our first stop along the route was Van Buren, Arkansas. It was like stepping back in time, and it had its share of round and chamfered corners. … Continue reading

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First National Bank of Lake Village: The Final Twist

The stockholders of the new First National Bank of Lake Village convened November 8, 1918. “The bank has purchased a site and will install fixtures in the former Citizens’ State bank location, near the court square” (Daily Arkansas Gazette, Nov … Continue reading

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“Lake Village, and Its Place on the Map of Arkansas as Remodeled by Modern Advancement—Its Many Advantages”

In 1906, Lake Village earned a 4-column spread on the front page of Section Seven of the Pine Bluff Daily Graphic describing its growth from 1856 from fewer than 200 inhabitants until the Iron Mountain railroad in 1897 boosted growth … Continue reading

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Chamfered corners: The story of a Lake Village Bank

A few days ago, I posted about my admiration for rounded, chamfered, and canted corners in architecture. Peggy’s Country Life mentioned similar buildings in Arkansas, so of course, that sent me on a hunt for the ones I had taken … Continue reading

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Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

I have this thing for corners that are rounded, canted, or chamfered, especially door and window entrances. I really learned to appreciate them through Preservation in Mississippi. Apparently, though, I have liked them for a long time, since I took … Continue reading

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Bank of Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain, Mississippi is probably most widely known for being home to Blue Mountain College.  The former Bank of Blue Mountain on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street was established in 1905 when the bank purchased the site … Continue reading

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Royal Exchange Western Portico, London

The Royal Exchange was constructed 1841-1844 by Sir William Tite, and is listed as a grade 1 building per Historic England.  It is constructed of Portland stone, and the western portico features eight columns and sculptured figures in the typanum … Continue reading

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107-111 North Pearl Street

Another surviving Mesker Brothers storefront is located at 107-111 North Pearl Street, Natchez. The iron front was aded sometime between 1893-1897 according to the Sanborn maps for Natchez.  Mary Warren Miller, 1979, described the building: Two-story fourteen-bay brick commercial building … Continue reading

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Former First National Bank of Itta Bena

William Gatlin and Susan Tietz (2009) completed the nomination form for the Itta Bena Historic District, National Register of Historic Places, and indicated the former First National Bank Building would be among buildings eligible on its own.  The 1918-1919 Neo-Classical … Continue reading

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