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The First National Bank Building.  UTM:  17 514212E 3898021N This was the tallest skyscraper in the two Carolinas when it opened in 1926.  The only other high rise edifice in Center City Charlotte that dates from the 1920s is the Johnston Building.  The architect of the First National Bank Building was Charlottean Louis Asbury.  In keeping with the era, Asbury selected the Classical Revival style for this imposing structure.  The structure consists of three essential elements -- an ornamental base, a shaft, and a pedimented capital.  The archway over the front entrance is decorated with beehives, owls, and other symbols of thrift and industry.  The elevator lobby is lavishly ornamented.  High up on the building are Buddhas, lions, and pharaohs.

The First National Bank Building attests to the emergence of Charlotte as a major banking center in the first half of the twentieth century.  The president of the First National Bank was H. M. McAden, a textile executive.  The Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank occupied the top floors of the First National Bank Building when it opened. 

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