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Washington Mechanics Savings Bank (The City Bank)

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The City Bank
1908, Harding and Upman. Corner of 8th and G streets SE
  • Washington Mechanics Savings Bank (The City Bank) (Pamela Scott)

Harding and Upman's design for the City Bank followed a common Beaux-Arts model for small, inexpensive bank buildings. Solid granite for the base and deep entablature plus attic, wide tan brick pilaster-fronted wall segments, and iron-barred ground-story windows were combined to give an image of secure, impenetrable structures. Large upper-story windows that fill the span between pilasters imply a single volume, top-lit interior, a typical bank business room. August Getz and Sons built the bank for $16,000.

Writing Credits

Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee


What's Nearby


Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee, "Washington Mechanics Savings Bank (The City Bank)", [Washington, District of Columbia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of the District of Columbia, Pamela Scott and Antoinette J. Lee. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 264-264.

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