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Home > North Carolina > Raleigh > Commercial National Bank, 20 East Martin Street, Raleigh, Wake County, NC



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Item Title


Location
20 East Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NC-406
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N1050).
Building/structure dates: 1912 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1959 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1981 subsequent work
Significance: The Commercial National Bank is a ten-story steel and reinforced concrete tri-partie form building rendered in the Gothic Revival style. Its exterior is faced with tan brick and is embellished with elaborate stone and terra-cotta Gothic style details. Its interior contains a monumental banking lobby with marble floors and banking stations under a soaring fan vaulted painted ceiling Designed by P. Thornton Mayre, a prominent Atlanta architect, and commissioned by the Commercial National Bank in 1912, this building, then the tallest and most elaborate in Raleigh, represented the aspirations of the Raleigh business community during the city's early twentieth century period of rapid urban growth and commercial expansion.

Subjects
Gothic Revival Architectural Elements
Banking
Banks


Related Names
Mayre, P. Thornton
Little & Cleckler Co.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
3/4 view of north and east sides
Stairway from first floor to second floor
3/4 view of south and east side
Original door and baseboard molding on east side of seventh floor
Original door, hardware, molding, and transom in basement
Lobby ceiling
Floor pattern in lobby
Mail chute, eight floor elevator lobby
Teller windows in lobby, east side of building
U.S. Mail letter box in elevator lobby on main lobby level
Stairway from second to third floor
Mezzanine and ceiling in lobby
3/4 view, south and east sides
Mezzanine and ceiling in lobby, north side of lobby
View of west side of lobby
Column in lobby
Original doorknob on outside of door
Original doorknob on inside of door
Ventilator grille on east side
Mezzanine plaster panels in lobby
Metal cleated stair rail to basement, east side of building
Brass and glass sconce in lobby, one of six
North view of lobby
Cornerstone northeast corner of building
View behind teller windows in lobby, east side of building
North view of lobby
North elevation
Stairway from third to fourth floor
Typical elevator lobby, second floor
Staircase leading to basement of building
Original door, hardware, transom, and molding, basement
Bronze First Citizens plaque, east side of building


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