Central National Bank (Richmond, Virginia)

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Central National Bank
Central National Bank, Richmond, Virginia June04.JPG
Location 3rd and Broad Sts., Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°32′37″N 77°26′24″W / 37.54361°N 77.44000°W / 37.54361; -77.44000Coordinates: 37°32′37″N 77°26′24″W / 37.54361°N 77.44000°W / 37.54361; -77.44000
Area less than one acre
Built 1929
Architect John Eberson
Architectural style Art Deco
Part of Broad Street Commercial Historic District (#87000611)
Grace Street Commercial Historic District (#98000739)
NRHP Reference # 79003290[1]
VLR # 127-0309
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 20, 1979
Designated CP April 09, 1987
July 13, 1998
Designated VLR April 18, 1978[2]

The Central National Bank building is a 23-story Art Deco skyscraper located in Richmond, Virginia. Completed in 1929, it was one of the first skyscrapers in the city of Richmond not in the heart of the financial district.[3] According to architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson, it and the West Hospital building, are the only two skyscrapers in Richmond to have used the fashionable Art Deco ziggurat-inspired setback, and only a few others exist elsewhere in Virginia.[3] When the bank later changed hands, it was known as the Central Fidelity Bank. It was used as a branch bank for Wachovia Corp. until that closed in 2000. After nearly fifteen years of vacancy, it was converted into apartments, and the first resident moved into the building in mid-2016. The redevelopment is called to "Deco at CNB," a 200-apartment development by Douglas Development Corp.[4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It is located in the Grace Street Commercial Historic District.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Richard Guy (2002). Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 228. ISBN 0-19-515206-9. 
  4. ^ HAZARD, CAROL (2016-06-05). "Former bank tower downtown now home to its first residents". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 6 June 2016. The 23-story tower and attached annex, built during the Great Depression, have been shuttered since 2000. The building was last used as a bank branch for Wachovia Corp. (now Wells Fargo & Co.). A construction zone for the past 30 or so months, the bank building — one of the finest examples of art deco in the Richmond area — has been renovated into Deco at CNB, an apartment complex with 200 apartments  

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