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Arvest Bank (First National Bank, Farmer’s State Bank)

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1903; 1921–1922. 109 E. University St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Founded as the Farmer’s State Bank, the institution was incorporated in 1910 as a federally chartered, national bank. Though the architect is not known, the sophistication of the brick building’s Romanesque Revival features show the designer was well acquainted with the style, evidenced in the rusticated limestone window arches and sills, the wide stone band between the first and second stories, and the corbeled cornice. An expansion of the bank in the 1920s included a remodeling of the building’s exterior. The bank failed in the financial crash of 1929 and the building remained unoccupied for many years, until acquired by First National Bank in the 1970s, and then by Arvest. Around the corner at 110 N. Mt. Olive Street, the community hall (1934), formerly the American Legion Hall, is a Works Progress Administration (WPA)–built rugged gable-fronted building of random-sized stone.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Arvest Bank (First National Bank, Farmer’s State Bank)", [Siloam Springs, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 40-40.

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