129 W. Trade St.
The 16-story skyscraper, the first postwar skyscraper in Charlotte’s development as a regional banking center, was built by the large bank headquartered in Winston-Salem during a period of competitive skyscraper construction. Contrasting with the city’s earlier Beaux-Arts influenced skyscrapers, the sheer vertical block is enlivened by a three-dimensional grid of concrete and glass. Architects Harrison and Abramovitz were best known as the architects of the United Nations Building in New York. This bank and its successors would transform the style and scale of uptown Charlotte.