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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

132-0023 National Valley Bank

National Valley Bank
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/19/1978

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1979

NPS property number 79003301

The influence of the Neoclassical Revival on America’s Main Street is well demonstrated in the facade of the National Valley Bank. Inspired by the triumphal arches of ancient Rome, the bank was designed by Staunton architect T. J. Collins and completed in 1903. The National Valley Bank was founded in 1865; its first president was former Confederate general John Echols. The present building was intended as a showcase for the bank’s commercial success; craftsmen were brought from Baltimore to execute the impressive coffered ceiling, and furnishings and fittings were brought from Cincinnati. Despite some later remodeling, much of the original character of the grand interior has been brought out through restoration; the facade stands unaltered. The building continues to function as a bank.


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

Updated April 4, 2018