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Office Building (Bank of Commerce)

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1920, Charles L. Thompson. 200 N. Washington Ave.

With remarkable prescience, the bank directors commissioned this sophisticated classical design in 1920 when the institution only served a small timber and farming community. Following the oil boom, the bank was reorganized and received a federal charter. Despite its modest size, the two-story Flemish bond brick bank has an air of monumentality. The arched entrance is framed by paired Ionic pilasters that support a broken pediment. A wide entablature unifies the front and side elevations. The south-side elevation has single-story brick piers capped by cast-stone spheres marking the window bays. After the bank moved in 1973, the building was converted for office space; no original interior fittings remain.

Writing Credits

Author: 
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, "Office Building (Bank of Commerce)", [El Dorado, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-UN5.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 197-197.

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