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People's Bank of Bluefield (Former)

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1895. 400 Princeton Ave. (northeast corner of Princeton Ave. and Bland St.)
  • People's Bank of Bluefield (Former)

A monumental and intriguing Romanesque Revival structure, this former bank is faced with courses of massive, tawny sandstone alternating with narrow, recessed strips of red stone. The arrangement gives a distinct horizontal striation to the composition. First-floor bays have arched openings (many now boarded) framed by voussoirs that repeat the color contrasts of the walls. At the second-story level, an octagonal turret supported on stone brackets and capped with a pyramidal tiled roof boldly emphasizes the street corner. The long Bland Street elevation has three bays capped with tall, pointed pediments, followed by three lesser bays covered with a gable roof. When built, the bank's stern countenance contrasted with lesser frame and brick buildings nearby.

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Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "People's Bank of Bluefield (Former)", [Bluefield, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-ME11.

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