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Commercial Building (National Valley Bank)

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National Valley Bank
1903, T. J. Collins and Son. 12–14 W. Beverley St.

Beverley Street, Staunton's primary business corridor, is named for William Beverley, the original grantor of the town's land. Many of the turn-of-the-twentieth-century three-story brick commercial buildings have been rehabilitated through the efforts of the Historic Staunton Foundation and the Virginia Main Street Program. To house the city's oldest bank, Collins designed a rich Beaux-Arts Classical facade as a clear statement of the bank's wealth and solidity. Echoing the form of a Roman triumphal arch, the stone facade has a central arched entrance bay with side bays flanked by Corinthian columns set on high plinths and the entire composition is topped by a prominent entablature. Lighting the bank's ornate interior is an oval stained glass skylight set into a coffered ceiling fashioned by craftsmen from Baltimore.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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