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Perspective of First Stamford National Bank, Stamford, CT, 1929


This large perspective, watercolor over pencil on paper depicts a tall, rectangular bank. The bottom floor appears to be concrete, and the rest of the building is red brick. Green tree branches obscure the view of the building on the left hand side. The building is located on a busy street. The sky behind the bulding is painted bright blue, with one large white cloud obscuring the sky.

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Collection Name
General architectural and cartographic collection
Collection Code
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Physical Description
1 perspective; watercolor over pencil on paper; 15 X 20 in.
Collection Type
Architectural and Cartographic Materials
Description Level
Credit Line
Library and Archives Purchase
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

Benjamin Wistar Morris (1870-1944) was an American architect, famous for designing the Wells Fargo Building in 1907, considered the city of Portland's first skyscraper. His style, therefore, is very utilitarian - simple and efficient in design, with little to no ornate details.

The First National Bank in Stamford, the oldest national component of The State National Bank of Connecticut, was chartered in 1863. In 1919, the First Stamford National Bank resulted from a merger between the First National Bank (founded 1863) and the Stamford National Bank. In 1929, the name of the bank was changed to the First Stamford National Bank and Trust Company. During the next few years, more expansions occurred, with more branches opening throughout the state.

Record details

Morris, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Wistar), 1870-1944 (Architect)
Other People
Morris, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Wistar), 1870-1944
Descriptive Terms
Federal Reserve banks
brick cement
two-point perspectives (perspective views)
Material Type
two-point perspectives (perspective views)
Stamford (Fairfield county, Connecticut)
Places (Buildings)
First Stamford National Bank and Trust

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