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Cedar Rapids Central Business District Commercial Historic District

This is the American Trust and Savings Bank Building located at 1012nd Street SE and is a contributing resource in the historic district.

This ten-story bank and office building is located on the southwest comer of 2nd Street SE and First Avenue SE. Designed in the Neo-Classical Revival style by Des Moines architects Proudfoot, Bird, and Rawson, with Cedar Rapids architect William J. Brown, it was constructed in 1913-1914 for the American Trust and Savings Bank with banking spaces on the first two floors and rental office space above. It called itself "The White Bank" because the steel and reinforced-concrete structure was clad with white glazed brick and architectural terra cotta. The lower two floors ofthe building are clearly delineated from the upper floors. Two-story high columns and pilasters support a wide, projecting entablature adorned with modillions, egg and dart, and swag motifs. The spaces between the columns and pilasters have fixed windows above granite panel-clad bases. A pair ofmodern metal and glass doors serve as the main entrance, offset in the second of five bays along 2nd Street. The third through ninth stories have evenly spaced bays with two windows per bay on the east fas;ade and three windows per bay on the north fas:-ade. A projecting dentilled cornice separates the ninth and tenth floors; the fenestration is the same as below, although the pilasters in between the bays have terra-cotta detailing. A deep cornice with modillions and acanthus leaf motifs surmounts both facades. The west and south facades are clad with plain brick. The American Trust and Savings Bank consolidated with the Cedar Rapids Savings Bank in 1934 to form the Guaranty Bank and Trust Company and moved to Third Avenue SE. The building remains in use as offices. (Taken from:

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