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109-0008 Old Merchants and Farmers Bank Building

Old Merchants and Farmers Bank Building
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/21/1978

NRHP Listing Date 05/07/1979

NPS property number 79003278

The Old Merchants and Farmers Bank Building, completed in 1902, is a miniature version of the commercial structures that gave turn-of-the-century America’s main streets architectural dignity. Even such a small structure could project a sense of monumentality through the use of a mansard roof and a fancy sheet-metal cornice, in this case manufactured locally by H. T. Klugel and sons. The cornice is a demonstration of how a rich architectural effect could be achieved with minimal cost and effort. The building was used as a bank until 1920 and as a law office until the mid-1940s. It then became the local library. In 1978 Greensville County deeded the building the Greensville Historical Society. It was dedicated as a local history museum in 1994.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018