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Granite Block (Granite Savings Bank)

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Granite Savings Bank
1888. 36–40 N. Main St., City of Barre
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

Barre has many buildings built or trimmed in its native building material and this three-story building is an excellent example. Every part of its facade is fabricated of Barre granite at a time when brick walls were standard fare for commercial blocks in Vermont communities. In the 1970s, smooth-faced granite veneer replaced the original ground-floor granite posts and columns. A recent, lower, one-story replacement building to the west now reveals one of the block's brick side walls, showing that commitment to granite only went as far as the facade. Built for the Granite Savings Bank, it is still the home of its original owner. Another noteworthy granite commercial building is the A. Scampini Building (1904) at 287–291 N. Main Street, which features polished, turned granite columns and beautiful carved second-story granite reliefs.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Granite Block (Granite Savings Bank)", [Barre, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 313-315.

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