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Bank of Western Carolina, Lexington County (126 Main St., Lexington)
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Stylistically unique among the town’s architecture, the bank building is an important landmark as one of five commercial buildings that survived the 1916 fire. The Bank of Western Carolina is a one-story, rectangular, brick building with a tiled hip roof, which was constructed ca. 1912. Paired eaves brackets and an arched entry with molded surround are the building’s only decorative elements. The right elevation has three one-over-one windows. A low masonry extension was added to the rear of the building in the late 1960s and the interior has been completely remodeled. The Lexington branch of the Bank of Western Carolina, which was based in Aiken, operated in this building from ca. 1912 until the bank failure of 1931. It was thereafter operated as an insurance agency by E.G. Dreher until 1966 when the Lexington State Bank was organized by local businessmen to provide a home town bank. Listed in the National Register November 22, 1983.

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