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Wellsville Bank Building

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Built: 1880s | Year Saved: ~2015
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

The Wellsville Bank Building is a two-part commercial block with a single-story west addition. The original portion is a simple two-story brick building whose main ornamentation is its applied, pressed metal, High Victorian Gothic entablature on the primary fa├žade. It is one of a few remaining commercial structures built in Wellsville in the 1880s and it served as a bank until 1902. It subsequently housed various businesses including insurance, real estate, and newspaper offices, and produce, seed, and feed stores.

The Wellsville Historical Society purchased the Wellsville Bank Building in 2013. Since then, two Heritage Trust Fund grants have been completed, three tax credit projects have been completed, and the building has become the Wellsville Historical Society Museum. Rehabilitation work has included: pointing of all exterior brick masonry, all new roofing, restructuring of the roof by sistering with new light-gage metal joists, restructuring of the 2nd story floor by sistering with new LVL wood joists, installation of a new 1st story concrete floor with wood-sleepers and hardwood flooring. There has also been rehabilitation of the cast-iron threshold across the entire 1st story storefront, rehabilitation of the 1st story beaded-board ceiling, rehabilitation/reconstruction of 2nd story wood windows, conversion of the rear single-story addition into office and storage space, and installation of new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

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