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Fourteenth District Court (George P. Glazier Bank Building)

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George P. Glazier Bank Building
1901–1902, Claire Allen; 1987–1988 rehabilitation, Lincoln Poley. 122 S. Main St.

George P. Glazier (1841–1901) with Michael J. Noyes established the first bank in Chelsea. Upon Glazier's death, his son Frank, who founded the Glazier Stove Works ( WA19), hired Allen, a capable and respected architect from nearby Jackson, to design this building as a memorial to his father. The Chelsea Standard for April 4, 1901, called the Beaux-Arts classical bank “the finest bank building between Chicago and Detroit.” Fronting the trapezoidal plan is a giant in antis Ionic portico, which frames the monumental two-story arched entrance. The fieldstone was laid in the walls by George Hindelang. Carved Bedford limestone festoons and shells contrast in color and texture with the rough-hewn blocks of pink and gray granite walls. A massive cornice rests on heavy fieldstone piers with Ionic capitals. The building now houses the Fourteenth District Court, and much of the elaborate interior marble and woodwork remain intact. The courtroom occupies the main banking room beneath a skylit dome.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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