Farmers and Merchants Bank

Contributors:
Benton and Benton, architects; Charles C. Benton, Sr., architect; Frank W. Benton, architect
Dates:
1924
Location:
Kinston, Lenoir County
Street Address:
200 N. Queen St., Kinston, NC
Status:
Standing
Type:
Commercial
Images Puslished In:
M. Ruth Little, Coastal Plain and Fancy: The Historic Architecture of Lenoir County and Kinston, North Carolina (1998).
Note:
The lower portion of the bank displays an Ionic-columned entrance in antis typical of the firm's banks of the period, but the building's 5-story height reads as a small skyscraper, unusual in eastern North Carolina's small towns and indicative of Kinston's stature as a market town. In its day it was the tallest structure in town. Local accounts indicate that the building had the first registered elevator in the state, designated Elevator No. 1 by the State of North Carolina. The postcard view of Queen St. shows the bank as the tallest building on the left side of the street.