Here’s the complete question:
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.”
Date posted: March 14, 2012
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