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Central Fidelity Bank (Central National Bank)

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Central National Bank
1929, John Eberson. 219 E. Broad St.
  • Central Fidelity Bank (Central National Bank) (Michelle Krone)
  • Central Fidelity Bank (Central National Bank) (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)
  • Central Fidelity Bank (Central National Bank) (Michelle Krone)

Broad Street merchants created the Central National Bank to serve the retail district. The Broad Street financial concern specifically conceived of the Art Deco tower as a challenge to the skyscraper monopoly of the Main Street financial district. This building and the Medical College of Virginia West Hospital (RI19) are the only stepped-back skyscrapers in the city. The building is one of the great twentieth-century landmarks of Virginia architecture. The exterior is composed in two parts with a tower toward Broad Street (which recalls Eliel Saarinen's entry in the Chicago Tribune competition of 1922) and a shorter tail to the rear. The large vaulted banking lobby is a lavish Art Deco exercise in nearly pristine condition.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Central Fidelity Bank (Central National Bank)", [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, 228-228.

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