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First National Bank Building - Lawrence, Ks.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 38° 58.174 W 095° 14.144
15S E 306310 N 4315776
Quick Description: This one and a half-story stone veneer building is located at 746 Massachusetts in Lawrence, Ks.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 3/11/2013 6:14:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMGJ9K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 2

Long Description:
The former bank is now home to Teller's Restaurant.

From the restaurant website:
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"The Building- Built in 1889 as Merchant’s Bank and then refurbished in 1930 as First National Bank of Lawrence, the building, with her stoic façade, sits happily on the corner of Eighth and Massachusetts Street, an easy landmark for our beloved city’s many travel weary pilgrims. Don’t let her façade fool you. Step inside and see she’s a real looker, with legs for days and charm up to here. She has eclectic taste, incorporating some of the bank’s vintage hardware (come see her vault) with hand-blown glass light fictures and work by modern local artists. Her open kitchen stretches out in the back for all to see and she’s stacked with a pair of wood-burning ovens, extending up all three stories. You can’t help but find yourself drawn to her warmth and beauty so settle in and lose yourself."

From the National Register application:
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"(1888; altered 1930) Key Contributing
Alterations by architect Verner F. Smith gave this building its current restrained Classical Revival appearance with smooth stone veneer. The primary elevation of the corner building faces west onto Massachusetts, and has a symmetrical three-bay facade with a polished granite base. There are three fenestration openings on the ground level which are one-and-a-half stories in heights. All feature semi-circular window transoms. The centered main entry has a stone pedimented surround below the transom, and a stone shield above. The flanking windows are multi-paned, and have the same semi-circular transom. The windows on the secondary (south) elevation also have semi-circular arched crowns. These openings, however, are recessed, with stone panels and either basement level windows or entry doors below. The south elevation is ten bays wide, with bays of varying widths. One bay has been closed down. The wide cornice band is visible on the west and south elevations, and features plain architrave, molded taenia, wide plain cornice, and molded corona."
Address:
746 Massachsetts Lawrence, Ks. 66046


Year: 1888; altered 1930

Website: [Web Link]

Current Use of Building: restaurant

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