First National Bank
100 S. East Street, Uvalde, Texas
+29.20972, -99.7851229°12'35" N, 99°47'06" W
The First National Bank building was built on the site of Uvalde's first permanent commercial structure, Reading Black's trading post, in 1890. The building is the oldest existing commercial building in the city and its architecture sets it apart as one the most ornate. This building had a prominent place in the life of the city as a bank, the first office and printing plant of the local newspaper, the post office and the first telephone exchange. In 1924, it was the scene of a murder that was a direct result of the Ku Klux Klan movement of the 1920s. The building has been vacant for over 30 years, but remains one of the most beautiful and loved buildings in town. As the oldest extant commercial building in Uvalde and as an excellent local example of two-part commercial block architecture, it is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion C in the area of architecture, as well as under Criterion A in the area of politics/government for its association with a significant local event.
- August 9, 2014: Added by Dave King