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First National Bank

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1887. Mechanic St. and Railroad Ave.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Matthew Aungst)

In this colorful Queen Anne–style jewelbox of a building, hard, pressed bricks of red, yellow, and black are set in thin black mortar (crudely repointed in recent years with white cement). Segmental brick arches over the windows and a semicircular one above the porch opening are jauntily zebra-striped. Decorative brick corbeling undergirds a wide tin cornice. The polychromy recalls the Central Law Building at 314 S. State Street, Dover (1888). The bank has lost its roof cresting and big iron gates. A rare note of color in a town of grayish vinyl siding, it stands vacant, as do several commercial buildings nearby.

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "First National Bank", [Harrington, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 243-243.

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