Robert Gere Bank Building

121 East Water Street

Designed by Charles E. Colton and completed in 1894, this structure was built for James J. Belden and named after his father-in-law, Robert Gere.  This building is considered by some to be Colton's finest design. The base is of gray granite and the windows are grouped vertically beneath arches. Colton's use of terra cotta between floor levels and under the cornice appears to be inspired by the work of Chicago architect Louis Henry Sullivan.

Although the fire-proof  bank vaults still exist beneath the sidewalk, the building has not been used as a bank since 1906.

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