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Commercial Bank Building

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1814. 565–576 Hope St.

Although its storefront has been considerably altered, this banking house remains a first-rate example of Federal commercial architecture. The brickwork is of excellent quality, as are the small and delicate quoins and the restrained brownstone trim. Of special note is the use of taut relieving arches on the side elevation. This early brick building is perhaps the first hint that the architectural taste of Bristol would henceforth be set by the trends of increasingly urban Providence. From 1845 to 1857 the building also served as Bristol's customhouse.

Writing Credits

Author: 
William H. Jordy et al.

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