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Architectural Vandalism:

Architectural Vandalism
As described in The Gargoyle News #54, Sept 29, 2003
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Front elevation of the old bank buildingSomeone took sledge hammers to the limestone facade of this once glorious old bank building, probably so some tacky 1960's siding could be pasted over it. It appears that more recently someone made a partial attempt to once again reveal the beauty of the building. I suspect the first floor was too badly devastated to be salvaged, so it was covered with synthetic stucco. That new work doesn't really integrate with the classic elegance and proportions of the original. 

broken arches with carved rope mold

smashed corinthian pilaster capital

Months of highly skilled hand carving were destroyed by a few hours of sledge hammer vandalism. The grace and beauty of the original still shows through, but it is only a shadow of its former self. The Corinthian capital alone took hundreds of hours. The rope molding in the arches involved complex geometric layout, and strangely, only half of those stones were smashed. That shows how senseless the damage was- if the projection of that molding was in the way of the new siding, how come alternate pieces were left intact?