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What is the history of the tall building on the corner of Front and Market streets?

Judy Royal
StarNews

A postcard showing the Atlantic Trust Building. Photo courtesy of the New Hanover County Public Library.

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Please tell me this history of the tall building on the corner of Front and Market streets. It is a unique building that appears to be neglected, as some of the windows are boarded up on the upper stories. 

And the answer:

 Beverly Tetterton, local historian and librarian, provided this information and image courtesy of New Hanover County Public Library:

 ”The Atlantic Trust Building was constructed from 1910 to 1912 and is the city’s first skyscraper. The nine-story building had a bank on the first floor and rented offices above. The last bank to occupy the first floor was First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. Now, each floor has a different owner, like condos. Some of the floors are for sale. The boards are probably there because there is some damage to those floors. One of the things I have heard about that building is that when it needs repairs it is difficult to get all the owners to agree on paying for it. I am sending you a postcard of the building as it looked in the beginning. The beautiful medallion on the corner was destroyed by a lightning strike within the last 20 years. It has never been repaired.”

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3 Responses to “ What is the history of the tall building on the corner of Front and Market streets?”

  1. On March 15, 2012 at 9:25 am geoffrey wert wrote:

    We owned the fifth floor in the 90′s, and heard that there was also a plan to build an adjoining building that never materialized, which explains the unique shape of the building.

  2. On March 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm charlie b wrote:

    The lightening damage occurred sometime between June 2001 and June 2002. I lived across the street then and remember the lightening event happening while I lived there.



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