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Park Building (Second National Bank)

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Second National Bank
1865; 1871–1872, J. M. Blackburn; 1905–1917, 1918, 1930. 208 W. Spring St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

The Park Building is a testament to both the various stages of Titusville's growth and the vagaries of its architectural fashions. When built in 1865, it was a two-story brick Italianate building of five by three bays. Between 1871 and 1872, it was glamorized by the addition of a third floor, a mansard roof, stone veneer, and a corner entrance. The bank purchased the neighboring commercial buildings to the north and west between 1905 and 1917. These adjoining buildings were raised to three stories and refaced in matching Cleveland sandstone. A parapet replaced the mansard roof in 1918. Then in 1930, the buildings to the west were demolished, and the west side of the bank was faced with matching sandstone to present a unified appearance to the newly created Scheide Park. For this building there has been only one constant: change.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Park Building (Second National Bank)", [Titusville, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-CR24.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 520-520.

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