Iron Bank, 1860s, Columbus

Begun around 1860 by William H. Young, this Italian Renaissance-style structure is the largest cast iron building in Georgia. The cast iron structures of the middle and late 19th century are often seen as the forerunners to today’s modern skyscrapers. The National Register of Historic Places nomination form notes that the Bank of Columbus occupied the space between 1860-1866, but recent scholarship suggests that construction was halted due to the Civil War and completed sometime thereafter. The Georgia Home Insurance Company was a long-time tenant, as was the First National Bank of Columbus. It’s generally known as the “Iron Bank” or the “White Bank” to locals.

National Register of Historic Places

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