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First Citizens Bank (Bank of Warren)
This Classical Revival building displays a high level of architectural sophistication. Designed by a New York City architect, the temple-form stone building features a pedimented gable, engaged fluted Corinthian columns, a frieze festooned with garlands, and a clerestory faced with a lattice-patterned grille. The pedimented central entrance is topped by a frieze with carved laurel leaf swags and two sculptured nude male figures reclining in a Michelangeloesque manner on each slope of the pediment. Between the statues is a cartouche inscribed with the letter W (Bank of Warren). For a conservative community like Front Royal, the statues must have raised a few eyebrows when they were first unveiled. The interior is spectacular. The lobby, filling the full two-story volume of space, has walls divided by tall fluted Corinthian pilasters, a cornice with dentils that surrounds the room, and cartouches that perch on Ionic capitals.
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