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First National Bank, Greenville County (102 S. Main St., Greenville)
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(Carolina First Bank) The First National Bank building is architecturally significant because it is Greenville’s only major Art Deco commercial structure. Constructed in 1938, it was designed by Atlanta architect Silas L. Trowbridge, and built by Morris & McKoy, contractors. It is also important for its association with the old National Bank of Greenville, chartered in 1872, and the first national bank chartered in South Carolina. This two-and-a-half story structure is sheathed in sandstone with a polished black granite door frame and base. The flat-roofed building has a geometric-patterned cornice and a frieze band. Stylized sunburst aluminum grill work covers the transom and sidelights of the main entrance and its flanking windows. Fluted aluminum pilasters topped with stylized aluminum eagles frame the main double doors leading into the bank. “First National Bank” is deeply carved across the central section of the upper fašade, over a high-relief eagle with out-stretched wings set within a sandstone niche immediately above the stylized granite keystone. The building was enlarged in 1952 by extending the sandstone and polished granite fašade around the adjacent 1917 building. Listed in the National Register December 21, 1989.

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