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The tiny town of Keystone possesses a really fine building in the Bank of Keystone (c. 1910), located on Main Street between Railroad and First streets. The designer of this little building would seem to have been aware of the Beaux-Arts revival of English and American Georgian architecture that took place at the turn of the century (in this country it is encountered most frequently in and around Philadelphia). The Keystone Bank building presents facades that are almost like rectangular pieces of cardboard upon which lines have been drawn and into which openings have been cut. The left side has two windows contained within a “pasted-on” gable supported by a pair of pilasters. To the right, the entrance has a small circular window above the door. This is outlined by the suggestion of a curved pediment; an overly large keystone projects from the top of the circular window through the suggested pediment. Everything is really very sophisticated and well handled.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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