Merchants Bank Building

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Merchants Bank Building
Merchants Bank Providence.jpg
Merchants Bank Building is located in Rhode Island
Merchants Bank Building
Merchants Bank Building is located in the US
Merchants Bank Building
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°49′29″N 71°24′36″W / 41.82472°N 71.41000°W / 41.82472; -71.41000Coordinates: 41°49′29″N 71°24′36″W / 41.82472°N 71.41000°W / 41.82472; -71.41000
Built 1855
Architect Morse & Hall
Architectural style Early Commercial, Italianate
Part of Downtown Providence Historic District (#84001967)
NRHP reference # 77000002 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 21, 1977
Designated CP February 10, 1984

The Merchants Bank Building is a historic commercial building at 32 Westminster Street in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. it is a six story brownstone structure, designed by Alpheus C. Morse and Clifton A. Hall and built in 1855-57. When built, this Italianate structure was one of the first buildings of Providence's financial district, and is now surrounded by much larger modern skyscrapers. It is architecturally reminiscent of Roman palazzos, with an arcaded ground floor, second-level windows topped by alternating segmented-arch and triangular pediments, and a projecting cornice with dentil moulding and modillions. The building served as the headquarters of the Merchants Bank until it merged with Providence National Bank in 1920.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Merchants Bank Building" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-10-23.