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M&T Bank (West Branch National Bank)
When it opened in 1917, the steel-framed West Branch National Bank was Williamsport's grandest temple of finance, a Beaux-Arts design of coupled colossal Corinthian columns, gigantic arched windows, and classically crested parapet. Unfortunately, the glass dome that illuminated the banking floor was removed in 1955 and replaced by a flat ceiling, but its French Caen stone walls and Travernelle marble wainscot survive. New York City architects Mowbray and Uffinger specialized in banks, and in the first quarter of the twentieth century designed them for several Pennsylvania towns, including Altoona, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Somerset, and Butler. The West Branch Bank incorporated as a state bank in 1835, became a national bank thirty years later, and in 1963 became the Northern Central Bank and Trust Company. It is now M&T Bank.
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