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Lawrence County Bank Building – Pierce City, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 36° 56.683 W 094° 00.193
15S E 410671 N 4089209
Quick Description: Historic former bank building in Pierce City, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 4/1/2015 7:45:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMNM52
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
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Long Description:

The Lawrence County Bank Building is located at 100 W. Commercial Street, in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri. The Romanesque Revival style building was constructed in 1892 from designs by Jerome B. Legg, a St. Louis architect. This corner building has a relatively narrow facade, measuring 25 feet in width with a 100 foot long street elevation along Walnut Street. The two-story buff brick building sits on a full basement of large blocks of cut Carthage limestone. The ornate facade has pairs of round arched windows on the second floor and a series of original storefront windows on its first floor street elevations. The façade is highlighted with stone accents including a prominent round arched, rusticated stone corner entrance surround. The building was heavily damaged during a tornado in May of 2003 that caused the collapse of the rear wall and necessitated the removal of part of the corner tower. Despite the damage, the building retains a significant amount of its historic materials. The design and most of its prominent architectural details are intact, and the building conveys its significance as important commercial building in downtown Pierce City...

Established in October of 1873, the bank was the first to open in the community and helped fuel the economic boom of the newly settled community. In 1892 the growth and prosperity of the business was manifested in the construction of a new bank building. The prominent corner location and high style architectural elements of this Jerome B. Legg designed building made it an early and continuing landmark in the community. The period of significance for the building is 1892, the date of construction, to 1924, the last year the building housed the bank.

– National Register Nomination

The building appears to be in good condition and now houses a bookstore.

Address:
100 W. Commercial St Pierce City, Missouri


Year: 1892

Website: [Web Link]

Current Use of Building: Book store

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