First National Bank Building, 1912, Dublin

Designed for local attorney and businessman Frank Corker by the prominent Atlanta architect A. Ten Eyck Brown (1878-1940) and known as “Dublin’s Skyscraper”, the First National Bank Building was one of the tallest buildings ever built in rural Georgia. It served as a bank until the 1950s and then fell into disrepair, its future uncertain for many years. In 2014, thanks to a community effort led by a very active Downtown Development Authority and Mayor Phil Best, restoration began. Local contractors Garbutt Construction did a beautiful job. It now houses the Dublin campus of Georgia Military College, a bistro, and private office space, and is a great example of community involvement and the desire to not just save but make viable historic structures.

Dublin Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places



Filed under --LAURENS COUNTY GA--, Dublin GA

8 responses to “First National Bank Building, 1912, Dublin

  1. Bill Hoover

    Always knew this as Morris Bank building. Remember it well as my dads dentist, Dr. Lee had a dental practice and actually made dentures in his little lab.

  2. ben dooley

    This is just one of numerous great restorations by the Garbutts! Great job!

  3. Raleighwood Dawg

    I’m from further South in Georgia, but I visit Dublin quite often. This building has always been one of my favorites and I’m so glad that the city figured out a way to preserve and continue the use of it!

  4. Sharon Rice

    I appreciate the history of and the saving of this great building.
    As always, I admire your photographic work and the sharing thereof.
    Thank you, Brian!

  5. vanne hanisch-godoy

    It could be restored and reused as a heritage building of some kind.

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