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Citizens Bank (Fruit Growers' National Bank and Trust Company)

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Fruit Growers' National Bank and Trust Company
1925–1926, Tilghman Moyer Company. 5 W. Commerce St.

This bank was founded in 1876 to serve the booming peach business, as fruit-basket sculptural reliefs on the facade acknowledge. The current boxy Georgian Revival building with Corinthian columns was conceived by an Allentown, Pennsylvania, firm specializing in banks. The fireproof steel frame is clad in rough-textured red brick and cast limestone. Inside, floors are pink Tennessee marble with accents of Levanto and Botticino marbles from Italy. The money vault of concrete and steel was twenty-one inches thick. The vault door alone weighed 20,000 pounds. Overlooking the banking room is a directors' meeting space, typical of banks of the period. At the rear, the building nearly touches the similarly designed PNC Bank (National Bank) of 1925, except the tapestry brick used there is yellow, not red.

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W. Barksdale Maynard
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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Citizens Bank (Fruit Growers' National Bank and Trust Company)", [Smyrna, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/DE-01-KT9.

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Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 228-229.

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