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First National Bank Building

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1912, Alfred C. Bossom, associated with Clinton and Russell. 823 E. Main St.
  • First National Bank Building (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

Also built for a bank, this impressive Beaux-Arts skyscraper is one of Richmond's landmark buildings. The limestone base is formed by deeply recessed, engaged Corinthian columns and projecting piers that carry an elaborate cornice and a small attic story. The building's nine-story shaft has deep-set paired windows broken by balconies near the top, an unusual feature for Richmond buildings. The shaft in turn supports an attic story and an extremely ornate, four-story terra-cotta crown. Unfortunately, the imposing projecting cornice was removed a number of years ago. Alfred C. Bossom, who teamed up with Clinton and Russell for this building and designed a number of other structures in Richmond, was an Englishborn architect who worked in New York. He designed high-rise buildings for locations throughout the South and West. He later returned to England and wrote an important book, Building to the Skies: The Romance of the Skyscraper (1934).

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "First National Bank Building", [Richmond, 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, 215-215.

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