You are here

People's Bank of Bluefield (Former)

-A A +A
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.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


What's Nearby


S. Allen Chambers Jr., "People's Bank of Bluefield (Former)", [Bluefield, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,