Home Building Association Bank

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Home Building Association Bank
Home Building Association Bank is located in Ohio
Home Building Association Bank
Home Building Association Bank is located in the US
Home Building Association Bank
Location 1 N. Third St., Newark, Ohio
Coordinates 40°3′28″N 82°24′9″W / 40.05778°N 82.40250°W / 40.05778; -82.40250Coordinates: 40°3′28″N 82°24′9″W / 40.05778°N 82.40250°W / 40.05778; -82.40250
Built 1914
Architect Sullivan,Louis
Architectural style Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Sullivanesque
NRHP Reference # 73001495 [1]
Added to NRHP July 02, 1973

The Home Building Association Bank (or Home Building Association Company) is a historic building located at 1 North Third Street in Newark, Ohio, and was designed by noted Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. It was one of three banks designed by Sullivan in 1914, the other two being in Grinnell, Iowa and in West Lafayette, Indiana. For this project the architect was given a narrow lot but made the building larger by making it two stories high, something that he did not typically do in his banks.

The color scheme chosen here deviates from his normal red-brown brick tapestry surface. Instead the building is covered with gray-green terra cotta slabs that are edged with typical Sullivanesque border designs. The ornamentation included a winged lion quite similar to the ones to be found in Cedar Rapids, Grinnell and Sidney. Little mention is made in the literature about Sullivan as to why these creatures populate his banks.

Also unusual is the fact that Sullivan includes his name in the tile mosaic over the front door.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 2, 1973.

The building was gifted to the Licking County Foundation in December 2013. The Licking County Foundation intends to restore the building, and when the renovation is complete, Explore Licking County, the area's convention and visitors bureau, will move into the space.[2]


Other Louis Sullivan "jewel boxes"[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ (Jun. 9, 2016) "Sullivan restoration to begin soon; fundraising continues" Newark Advocate. Retrieved May 22, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Elia, Mario Manieri, Louis Henry Sullivan, Princeton Architectural Press, Princeton NY, 1996
  • Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, The Louis Sullivan Pilgrimage, unpublished manuscript
  • Morrison, Hugh, "Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture", W.W. Norton and Company, New York, 1963
  • Tebben, Joseph R., "The Old Home: Louis Sullivan's Newark Bank", McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, Newark OH, 2014
  • Twombly, Robert, Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work, Elizabeth Sifton Books - Viking, New York, 1986
  • Vinci, John, "The Art Institute of Chicago: The Stock Exchange Trading Room", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, 1977