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Grand Rapids Savings Bank Building
|Location||60 Monroe Center, NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Osgood & Osgood; Owen-Ames-Kimball|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Beaux Arts|
|NRHP reference No.||90001956|
|Added to NRHP||December 28, 1990|
Just before World War I, there was a boom in financial firms in downtown Grand Rapids. In 1916, the Grand Rapids Savings Bank constructed this building, designed by local architects Osgood & Osgood. It served as headquarters for the bank, with additional office space for tenants. Over its history, tenants included lumberman John W. Blodgett, Senator Arthur Vandenberg, and World War II correspondent Alfred D. Rathbone IV.
The Grand Rapids Savings Bank Building is a 13-story steel frame commercial tower with a mix of Classical Revival and Beaux Arts styling. The exterior is clad with pale grey granite at the first floor and mezzanine levels, topped with a cornice, and buff colored brick on the upper stories. A large terra cotta cornice caps the building. The main elevation is five bay wide, with the three central bays containing a two-story recessed entrance framed by four Doric granite columns. On the upper floors, the three central bays contain paired windows, while the outer bays contain one.
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