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Farmers and Exchange Bank

 
 
Farmers and Exchange Bank Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
1. Farmers and Exchange Bank Marker
Farmers' and Exchange Bank *** (added 1973 - - #73001685) 141 E. Bay St. , Charleston • Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering • Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Inscription.
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America
1980
Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 1980 by Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.665′ N, 79° 55.627′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on East Bay Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 East Bay Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 19 State Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Exchange (about 300 feet away); Lee Cohen Harby (about 300 feet away); Elizabeth Timothy (about 300 feet away); One Broad Street (about 400 feet away); Convention on Ratification (about
Farmers and Exchange Bank Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
2. Farmers and Exchange Bank
400 feet away); Second Bank of the United States (about 400 feet away); Walker, Evans & Cogswell Company (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding Farmers and Exchange Bank. The building was designed by Edward C. Jones and Francis D. Lee in 1853 and was completed in 1854. Both of these architects were Charlestonians. The Farmers’ and Exchange Bank is perhaps the only example of the Moorish picturesque style that evolved from one aspect of English Regency architecture. The building is stucco on brick and brownstone, with a flat roof, a two-story Moorish arcaded façade, and a high skylighted banking room with elaborate plaster decoration employing Spanish and Moorish motifs. The building has rounded horseshoe arches, reminiscent of Spanish architecture, on a façade made of pale Jersey and somber Connecticut brownstone, producing the striped effect which is typical of many Moorish structures. The rear wing has the conventional Classical Revival style. This building has long been recognized to be of utmost importance to American architecture and its design is though to have been influenced by illustrations in Washington Irving’s The Alhambra, a volume which was published
Farmers and Exchange Bank Photo, Click for full size
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, May 16, 2009
3. Farmers and Exchange Bank
about the same time that the building was constructed. Listed in the National Register November 7, 1973; Designated a National Historic Landmark November 7, 1973.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
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