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McKay Tower (Grand Rapids National Bank Building)
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.
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