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Commercial Building (Planters and Merchants Bank)

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Planters and Merchants Bank
1891. 209 Main St.

The most arresting sight on Main Street is this blue-painted former bank. The building's two-story central block is set back between flanking one-story wings with polygonal storefront facades forming a shallow courtyard. The building's elaborate decoration is in brick, stone, terra-cotta, and pressed metal. The building was conceived as a business complex with the bank occupying the central section and other tenants in the wings.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Commercial Building (Planters and Merchants Bank)", [South Boston, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 353-354.

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