Historic Architecture Downtown Richmond:
A Walking Tour

Chase Bank
    First National Bank, 630 East Main Street

Italianate (1873)

In 1863, James E. Reeves, his brother Mark Reeves, and eleven other businessmen, formed the First National Bank. It was the seventeenth such institution chartered in the nation and the second in Indiana. It could have been the first bank chartered in the entire United States, but the train that James Reeves took to Washington, D. C. was overrun in Maryland by Mosby's guerilla band, Southern raiders carrying the Civil War into the North. The train was delayed long enough to deprive First National Bank of being the first registered in the nation.

James E. Reeves served as President of First National Bank from 1863-1902.

Photo First National Bank, circa 1873

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  7. Omni Home Care
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  3. Hoppe Jewelers
  4. Cradle and All
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Acknowledgments & Notices

Note: This is the web-based incarnation of a brochure originally published in 2010. While the history is still very valuable, other information may no longer be accurate. Information updated by WayNet will be listed in this orange color.

Original brochure produced by Center City Development Corporation.

Brochure Committee:

  • Lynn L. Johnstone
  • Greg Bottorff
  • Julie Dishman
Special thanks to:
  • Morrisson-Reeves Library Staff:
    • Sue King, Archivist
    • Doris Ashbrook, Reference Services
  • Wayne County Historical Museum:
    • Jim Harlan Director

This project was made possible by a grant from the Richmond Urban Enterprise Association.

**COPYRIGHT NOTICE** for Walking Tour Information: Published in March 2010 In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, any copyrighted work in this article is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for non-profit research and educational or criticism purposes only.


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Did You Know?

Singin' Sam, the Barbasol Man, (Harry Frankel) was the highest paid radio performer in his time. He was a Richmond, Indiana native and retired to Richmond before his death at the age of 60 on June 12, 1948.