Continuing with the bank buildings focus, Greenwood’s former Bank of Greenwood sits at the corner of Howard and Ramcat Alley. MDAH calls the c. 1890 building Romanesque and Lloyd Ostby (1980) referred to it as Victorian Romanesque, constructed of brick and stone with a corner tower with pyramidal roof and a shed roof with balustrade. The building is part of the Cotton Row Historic District in Greenwood. Now known as the McBee Building, it was the first building to be restored under the Greenwood Main Street program in 1995.
Bank of Greenwood ended its first year of business in 1889 with a meeting of stockholders and increased the capital from $25,000 to $50,000 (Weekly Democrat, Nov. 3, 1889, p. 3). In 1890, cashier E. R. McShane of Bank of Greenwood attended the Mississippi State Bankers’ Association. However, in 1893, E. R. McShane is identified as the cashier of the Delta Bank of Greenwood. In 1896, McShane is identified as being with the Bank of Greenwood. The names ‘Delta Bank‘ (without the ‘of Greenwood’ addition) and ‘Delta Bank of Greenwood‘ and ‘Bank of Greenwood‘ all appear throughout the newspapers. [Note: I will be doing a follow-up grand-finale post on the bank history and bank buildings of Greenwood, so I will leave the rest of this story and its mysteries about the early banks to be revealed at the concluding post next week.]
In 1904, Bank of Greenwood converted to become a national rather than state bank (and it is not clear if it was a merger or actual conversion as both terms are used in the newspaper) and became First National Bank with capital of $125,000 (Vicksburg Herald, Feb. 20, 1904, p. 6). McShane was named President of the newly created bank. First National continued to operate out of this building until a new building was completed at 310 Howard Street. R. C. McBee purchased the former bank in 1919 for $12,500 (Commonwealth, Sept. 10, 1919).
This design of the Christopher & Simpson foundry from St. Louis, MO is not one I have seen elsewhere, although I spotted one other of the same design in Greenwood. Itta Bena has C & S columns in a different style on the Lembo Store Front.