One of handsomest and most costly bank structures to be erected in this section of the South will be commenced in Greenwood next week when work is started on the new home of the First National Bank which will be located on the lot just south of the Fountain store on Howard Street.
The building will be constructed of New Bedford stone, pearl gray in color, and will be a two story structure with a three story effect. The main building will be 40 by 90 feet and the ceiling will be 22 feet high. The main room of the building will be 37 feet wide. A lobby will be located in the center of the building, with offices on each side. On one side, two rooms will be provided, one for the transaction of business for lady customers and the other for men patrons.
A director's room will also be contained in the structure and it will be handsomely finished in walnut. The second floor will be entirely devoted to office rooms and will contain several suites which will provide some of the most commodious offices in the city. Between the first and second story, a mezzanine floor will be located. Work will be commenced on the structure on Monday or Tuesday of next week and the building will probably be completed about December 1. The contract was let to a St. Louis firm.
From the Commonwealth, May 14, 1919
The officers, directors and stockholders of the First National Bank of Greenwood, have issued announcements of the opening of their new bank for the transaction of business, Friday, June 4th.
This handsome structure is one of the best equipped and most commodious banking houses in the State and was erected at an approximate cost of $90,000. The exterior of the building is of gray mat brick and it presents a most stately appearance. The interior is of Italian rosetta marble and is especially beautiful. The decoration was beautifully designed and was carried out by skilled artists.
The lower floor comprises the bank proper, an assembly hall, a savings deposit room, which is separate from the bank and mezzanine floor. Two customer's rooms are also provided for men and women customers.
The immense vault, which has been installed, is burglar and fire proof. It is of 12 inch reinforced concrete, with reinforced steel rods and a solid steel lining. The vault door is of six inch solid steel. The safety deposit boxes are inside the big vault.
The home of this financial institution is a distinct credit to the city and officers and directors are to be congratulated upon its erection. The second floor, which will be occupied by offices, has not yet been completed. Hardwood floors are now being laid.
From the Commonwealth, June 2, 1920