First National Bank Building (Richmond, Virginia)

Coordinates: 37°32′17″N 77°26′13″W / 37.53806°N 77.43694°W / 37.53806; -77.43694
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First National Bank Building
First National Bank Building, January 2012
First National Bank Building (Richmond, Virginia) is located in Virginia
First National Bank Building (Richmond, Virginia)
Location825--27 East Main St., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates37°32′17″N 77°26′13″W / 37.53806°N 77.43694°W / 37.53806; -77.43694
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built1912 (1912)-1913
ArchitectBossom, Alfred Charles; Clinton, Charles W.
Architectural styleNeo-classical Revival
NRHP reference No.82004586[1]
VLR No.127-0381
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 12, 1982
Designated VLRFebruary 26, 1982[2]

First National Bank Building (also known as the Old First and Merchants National Bank Building and BB&T Bank Building) is a historic bank and high-rise office building located at 823 East Main Street in Richmond, Virginia, United States. It was designed by architect Alfred Bossom and built in 1912–1913. It is a 19-story, four bay by five bay, Classical Revival style steel frame building clad in brick, limestone, and granite. The building features rich architectural ornament that follows the Corinthian order both within and without. It was the first high-rise office tower to be built in Richmond.[3] The First & Merchants Bank would eventually become Sovran Bank.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] It is located in the Main Street Banking Historic District.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Mary Harding Sadler (February 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: First National Bank Building" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. and Accompanying photo

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