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Southern Aid Society (Mechanics Savings Bank)

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Mechanics Savings Bank
1908, Carl Ruehrmund. 1931, additions, Carneal and Johnston. 212–214 E. Clay St.

This brick and stone Renaissance Revival building is an interesting example of a design by prominent white architects for African American clients. Ruehrmund designed the corner portion of the building for the Mechanics Savings Bank, and Carneal and Johnston added the western and rear additions.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Southern Aid Society (Mechanics Savings 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, 234-235.

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