The First National Bank Building was the tallest skyscraper in the two Carolinas when it opened in 1926.
The Sanborn map shows its height to be 236' ; the Historic Preservation Foundation of NC lists it at 239'.
The facade is enlivened with sculpture based on Classical themes: over the entrance archway are beehives, owls, and other symbols of thrift and industry; near the top are Buddhas, lions, and pharaohs.
Just a few feet taller than the Nissen Building in Winston-Salem and the Jefferson Standard Building in Greensboro, it was the state's tallest for only three years, when it was surpassed by Winston-Salem's Reynolds Building in 1929.
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