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Citizens Bank (Corn Exchange National Bank)

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Corn Exchange National Bank
1900, Newman, Woodman and Harris; 1900 and 1929 additions, Horace Trumbauer. S. 2nd and Chestnut sts.
  • Provident Bank
  • National Bank of the Republic
  • National Bank of the Republic

With its off-center tower, this bank recalls half of Christopher Wren's composition for the Greenwich Naval Hospital, although there is no answering tower across the street. The Corn Exchange National Bank marks the eastern limit of the banking district and the last bank of consequence in the old city. Its assured and elegant historical form would have stood out among the Victorian excess and eccentricity of Bankers’ Row, then dominated by the buildings of Frank Furness. Most of these have been torn down, including the Guarantee Trust and Safe Deposit Company (1873–1875) at 316–320 Chestnut Street, the National Bank of the Republic (1883–1884) at 313 Chestnut Street, and, wildest of all, the Provident Bank (1876–1879).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Citizens Bank (Corn Exchange National Bank)", [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 63-63.

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