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


10 thoughts on “First National Bank Building, 1912, Dublin

  1. Rafe Semmes

    I have been by this building many times on my way through town, and always marveled at its design: tall but narrow, probably considered “very modern” when it was built. Also used to get a huge laugh at the old sign outside the Rexall Drug Store building a little further up the road, which must have been owned by a pharmacist name Dr. Strange, as the vertical lettering said “Strange” and the horizontal part said “Drugs.” What a wonderful sense of humor!

    1. Brian Brown Post author

      It’s one of my favorites. Several people who remembered that sign have contacted me over the years wondering about its fate. I wish I’d have been able to photograph it. Classic.

  2. 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.

  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!

    1. Brian Brown Post author

      It was restored and is in use as a college campus. I think that is a wonderful use, as it brings more people to the downtown it’s anchoring. Very innovative!


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