Tour Stop 7 - Bank of Western Carolina Building 126 East Main Street
This structure, unique in the town due to its Mission Revival architecture, was constructed circa 1912 by the Bank of Western Carolina and was another of the few buildings in the commercial district to survive the great 1916 fire, although it did suffer roof damage. The bank was forced into bankruptcy by the Great Depression and was home to an insurance agency for a period of time. In 1966 it again became a bank when the Lexington State Bank was formed, eventually being bought by BB&T. If you look to the right of the building you'll see a brick structure behind the BB&T. It is the Dr. James Harmon building, built by a dentist in 1901. The building is home to small shops and lawyers offices and formerly had living spaces in above levels.