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Luzerne Bank (Wilkes-Barre Deposit and Savings Bank)
The most romantic of the city's early office towers, this fourteen-story building is heavily indebted to York and Sawyer's Bowery Savings Bank in Cunynham's native New York City. Like its model, it rises from a Romanesque base to a picturesque tile-roofed penthouse. Inside, telamons in the form of coal miners support the beams of the banking hall. Adjacent at 59 Public Square is the former First National Bank (1906, Albert H. Kipp), a spirited example of an early-twentieth-century banking “temple.” It is one of the few surviving commercial buildings that recalls the wealth and power of the anthracite economy.
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