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Battle Creek

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Noteworthy in Battle Creek is the bank building (1912) at the northwest corner of Main and First Street Southeast. This Beaux-Arts design looks to the Greek Hellenistic tradition rather than to Rome. The wide entablature contains tri-glyphs, and the pilasters of the wall below sit upon a rusticated base. As originally designed, the two-story limestone-sheathed building contained a bank at the corner, a retail store to the right (on Main Street), a second retail store at the side of the building facing First Street, and an adjoining entrance leading to stairs and offices on the second floor. The building is no longer used as a bank, and a number of the bank windows have been filled in with glass brick.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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