First National Bank
West Side Square
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama
The First National Bank is a historic bank building in Huntsville, Alabama. The temple-form Greek Revival structure was built in 1835–1836.
Designed by locally famous architect George Steele, it occupies a prominent position, facing the courthouse square and sitting on a bluff directly above the Big Spring. It was the longest-serving bank building in Alabama, operating until 2010 when Regions Bank moved their downtown branch to a new location.
The National Bank represented a shift in architectural design, both for architect George Steele, and for North Alabama as a whole. Steele drew inspiration for his design from a trip to Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Virginia. The building is similar in form to the Bank of Pennsylvania and has a similar floor plan to the First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia.
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