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Jayton in Kent County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First National Bank Building

 
 
First National Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
1. First National Bank Building Marker
Inscription. An excellent example of early 20th century classical revival style, the First National Bank of Jayton was erected about 1912 by descendants of early Kent County pioneers. Classical features of the edifice, such as the polished granite Ionic columns, bull's eye windows, quoins, and the unusual recessed entry portico, are typical of the favored imagery of stability and order among banks of the period. The domed skylight is a device often employed by the building's architect, Rockwell H. Stuckey (1855-1936). The bank closed in the 1930s; the building continues to serve the community as a financial institution, many of its personnel descendants of bank founders.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

 
Erected 1998 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11993.)
 
Location. 33° 14.862′ N, 100° 34.457′ W. Marker is in Jayton, Texas, in Kent County. Marker is at the intersection of North Donaho Avenue and West Main Street (Farm to Market Road 1083), on the left when traveling north on North Donaho Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102 North Donaho Street, Jayton TX 79528, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 3 miles
First National Bank Building (now Kent County State Bank). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
2. First National Bank Building (now Kent County State Bank).
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Double Mountain Salt Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Kent County (within shouting distance of this marker); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. mile away); Putoff Canyon (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Regarding First National Bank Building. The First National Bank of Jayton was established in 1907 by pioneers of Kent County, Robert Goodall, Thomas E. Murdoch, Joe L. Lay and Thomas Fowler. After a few years of operating out of the Garnett Hotel Building, the bank began plans for their own building. In 1912 the building was constructed in the typical style of early 20th century banks with added features from the architect, Rockwell H. Stuckey, such as the domed skylight. In their new building, the bank prospered serving a primarily agrarian customer base until 1932 when it went into the receivership of the Comptroller of the U.S. Currency and became another victim of a worldwide pattern of business failures.

In 1955, an 18 month lease was signed making the First National Bank Building the designated Kent County Courthouse. After this lease expired, the Fowler Insurance Agency occupied the building.

In 1962 the Kent County State Bank was established and constructed a new building adjacent to the First National Bank Building. This group acquired the First National Bank Building and
View of marker looking west on Main Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
3. View of marker looking west on Main Street.
used the part not occupied by the Fowler Insurance Agency for storage. In 1995, the decision was made by Kent County State Bank to renovate the building to accomodate for their expanding operations and Fowler Insurance Agency was closed. Renovation plans included the restoration of the interior and exterior of the bank. Extensive documentations, investigations and historical research were conducted and renovations began. Only a moderate amount of original fabric and finish was removed during restoration. Today, Kent County State Bank still operates from the old First National Bank Building. Source: Bank of Texas website.
 
Additional keywords. banks, bankers, banking topics; commercial buildings; design and construction
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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