First National Bank (Roanoke, Virginia)

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First National Bank
First National Bank in Roanoke, Virginia.jpg
First National Bank, June 2010
First National Bank (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in Virginia
First National Bank (Roanoke, Virginia)
First National Bank (Roanoke, Virginia) is located in the US
First National Bank (Roanoke, Virginia)
Location 101 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, Virginia
Coordinates 37°16′20″N 79°56′28″W / 37.27222°N 79.94111°W / 37.27222; -79.94111Coordinates: 37°16′20″N 79°56′28″W / 37.27222°N 79.94111°W / 37.27222; -79.94111
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1910 (1910)
Architect John Kevan Peebles
Architectural style French Renaissance
NRHP reference # 82004591[1]
VLR # 128-0040
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 14, 1982
Designated VLR February 16, 1982[2]

First National Bank, also known as People's Federal Building and Liberty Trust Co., is a historic bank and office building located at Roanoke, Virginia. It was built in 1910, and is a seven-story, granite and buff-colored brick building in the French Renaissance style. It features a Roman Ionic columned main entrance and Doric columns in the main banking hall derived from the Temple of Apollo at Delos.[3]

The first director of the bank was Tazewell M. Starkey (1829-1901). In 1926 the bank merged with the National Exchange Bank, and took that name. "When the community opened up, there were a lot of members of the Jewish community who have served on various organizations. For instance, Arthur Taubman was on the board of the First National Exchange Bank, on the board of trustees. When that became Dominion Bank, his son, Nicholas F. Taubman, served on that board of trustees, too."[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "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. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (January 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: First National Bank" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo
  4. ^ Davidson, Sigmund. 2015. "Roanoke Jews: A History". Historical Society of Western Virginia. Journal. Roanoke, Va: Historical Society of Western Virginia. Volume XXII (1). Page 14.