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First National Bank Building (now First Bank)

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now First Bank
1923, Frank A. Childs and William Jones Smith. Southwest corner W. 2nd St. and Main St.
  • First National Bank Building (now First Bank) (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

Both of the principals of this Chicago firm attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Their nine-story Davenport Bank Building is a forceful testimony to their ability to carry on the classical tradition. Though they applied the usual design principle of base, shaft, and capital to the two street facades, they refined the building's finely cut limestone surfaces so that the plain walls dominate, and they laid on the usual classical detailing in a light, linear manner. On the recessed surfaces around the main entrance are eight panels of standing figures in relief. The entrance and lobby were “influenced by the Italian Renaissance and by the metal compositions in the Rejas of the Spanish Renaissance.” 17 The ground-floor windows which light the main public banking room were divided into a horizontal window grouping below, then a paneled soffit, and finally an upper lunette window, with all of this detailing carried out in metal.


“The First National Bank Building, Davenport, Iowa, Childs and Smith,” Architecture 51:4 (April 1925): 125–26.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First National Bank Building (now First Bank)", [Davenport, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 69-69.

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