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Simsbury Bank and Trust Company Building
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Location 760-762 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, Connecticut
Area less than one acre
Built 1917
Architect Smith & Bassette
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Part of Simsbury Center Historic District (ID96000356)
NRHP reference No. 86003323
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Added to NRHP November 20, 1986
Designated CP April 12, 1996

The Simsbury Bank and Trust Company Building, also known as the former Town Hall Building, is a historic commercial and civic building at 760 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury, Connecticut. Built in 1917, it is a prominent local example of Colonial Revival architecture with Beaux Arts features. It originally housed the town's first bank, and was its town hall between 1969 and 1984. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Description and history

The Simsbury Bank and Trust Company Building occupies a prominent position in Simsbury's town center, at the northeast corner of Hopmeadow and Station Streets. It is a two-story Colonial Revival brick building. The roughly square building has a 72-foot (22 m) facade, divided into five bays by paired fluted pilasters topped by rosettes. Pilasters at the corners rest on stone piers. The main entrance, centered on the facade, is recessed in a paneled archway, topped by a semi-elliptical fanlight and framed by very thin columns and leaded sidelight windows. The building has a richly decorated entablature, and its roof perimeter has a low balustrade, interrupted by brick piers.

The building was built for Joseph Ensign, a local businessman, in 1917 to a design by the Hartford architectural firm of Smith & Bassette. In addition to housing the Simsbury Bank and Trust Company (founded 1916), it also housed local telephone company offices for many years, as well as a variety of retail tenants. The building was occupied by the bank until 1969, when it was sold to the town. It served as town hall from then until 1984, and is once again used for commercial purposes.

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