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Sited on the banks of the Turkey River, Elkport houses a little gem of a building, the Elkport Savings Bank (c. 1895) on Main Street near the center of town. The building (now deserted) is tiny, but the architect made the most of its narrow street elevation. The front facade was divided into two parts. To the left is a large semi-circular window, its inner wood mullions repeating the arch form; the arch defining this window exhibits a decorative keystone. The theme of this central arch is repeated at the parapet, and this arch contains the name of the building carved in stone. The smaller section of the front, set back on the right only inches from the other, contains a tall, elongated arched opening, with glass above and the entrance door below. The walls of the building are in a fine light-tan brick, and the trim is in smooth stone.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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