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State Office Building (State Planters Bank)

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State Planters Bank
1923, Clinton and Russell. 1962, Lee, King and Poole. 900 E. Main St.

This skyscraper was originally built as a bank headquarters. Above the heroic entrance portal framed by four massive in antis Ionic columns, the mass of the building diminishes slightly as it rises, accentuating its height. A comparison of its relative simplicity with Clinton and Russell's nearby Mutual Building (RI133) illuminates the tastes of different decades. The 1962 addition is clumsily joined to its parent, although some attempt was made to maintain the horizontal lines of the original building's windows.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "State Office Building (State Planters Bank)", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-RI134.

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Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 215-215.

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