Friday, May 22, 2009

Old Stone Bank

On South Main in Providence, this former bank was owned for the last 16 years by Brown University and has just been sold to a biotech firm. This granite block crowned with a gilded skylit dome was erected in 1854 and expanded in 1898 to its present form. The company that was its long term resident, The Old Stone Bank, went bankrupt in 1992 after the federal government convinced it to take over two other troubled banks and then walked away from Old Stone after saying it would back it up.
The proportions of the portico are much too skinny in my sketch - it makes the bank look like it is breathing in.

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