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Office Building (First National Bank)

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First National Bank
1904, Demetrius Frederick Charlton. 623 Ludington St.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Respectfully related are the three-story brick and red sandstone commercial block and its older neighbor, the four-story red brick and sandstone Masonic Building (1884[?], J. B. Sweatt[?]; 1890; 1905–1918) at 617–619 Ludington Street. This is accomplished by the equal width of the buildings, the three-bay division, and the steady rhythm of the square and round-arched windows set in recesses separated by piers with foliated capitals and decorated with stone sills and lintels. It was built for the Rathfon Brothers, merchandisers of men's clothing. Charlton probably was responsible for the top-story addition to the temple and its front-facade remodeling.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Office Building (First National Bank)", [Escanaba, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 543-543.

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