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

8 thoughts on “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. 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!

  3. 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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