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McKay Tower (Grand Rapids National Bank Building)

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Grand Rapids National Bank Building
1915–1916, Williamson, Crow and Proctor; 1921–1927 addition. 146 Monroe Center NW

The triangular site created by the street layout dictated the unusual plan of this Beaux-Arts classical bank. In 1921–1927 eleven stories were added to the four-story bank that was a makeover of a two-story 1890s building. Paired, fluted Roman Doric columns starting at the second level support a prominent entablature and frame the pedimented street-level entrances on three sides of the bank. White terra-cotta above a granite base clads the steel-frame building. Anthemion antefixes ornament the metopes in the frieze of this “temple of finance.” After the bank closed during the Great Depression, it was purchased by politician Frank D. McKay and renamed the McKay Tower.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "McKay Tower (Grand Rapids National Bank Building)", [Grand Rapids, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 249-249.

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