January 12, 1921, American Architect
We first encountered the First National Bank (second iteration) as featured in this architectural journal back in 2014: http://menashabook.blogspot.com/2014/12/stately.html. In the last few years, during its removal for the new office tower, much was made of its stately appearance, with its iconic columns, and the lament as to their disposition. But little, if anything, was said about its magnificent interior. If the unspoken message of a bank was represented by its appearance, then this bank had it in the greatest degree. Solid, unyielding, almost fortress-like, it was a cathedral of finance. Even the ornate skylights mimicked being in church. I remember being in this bank as a small boy and simply being in awe at the hard marble writing desk which I couldn't even reach. I regret that these photographs aren't in color.