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Wachovia Bank (National Bank of Charlottesville)

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National Bank of Charlottesville
1919–1920, Marsh and Peter; 1998–2000, remodeling and restoration, Train and Spencer. 123 E. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)
  • (Photograph by Patricia Lynette Searl)

Washington, D.C., architects who specialized in banks designed one of the earliest high rises in town. The classical dress on the two-story base is a familiar formula for banks of the period. Classical detailing on a building of a decidedly non-antique type was meant to draw a connection between the stability of the government, whose contemporary buildings often came clad in similar garb, and that of the institution. The neoclassical limestone base supports a brick shaft, originally crowned by an elaborate Italian Renaissance cornice that was removed but has been restored.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Wachovia Bank (National Bank of Charlottesville)", [Charlottesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 148-148.

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