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First Harrison Bank protects Georgetown historic landmark

First Harrison Bank has been approved to move the current Edwardsville branch location to the Yenowine-Nichols-Collins House, on S.R. 64 near Interstate 64.
The Yenowine-Nichols-Collins House, built in 1832 (formerly owned by Charles and Linda Meyer), is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This Georgetown landmark was nearly destroyed by fire on Oct. 31, 2005. After the fire, First Harrison Bank contacted the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, which holds an exterior preservation easement on the property, to discuss purchasing, restoring and converting the Yenowine-Nichols-Collins House into the First Harrison Bank Edwardsville Office.
Bill Harrod, chief operations officer of First Harrison Bank, said, ‘As a 115-year-old institution, First Harrison Bank has a great respect for history and local tradition. We are committed to the community, and we want to take this opportunity to return this stately home to its former glory.’
First Harrison Bank commissioned drawings by Michell-Timperman-Ritz Architects, which depict the design. The nearly 175-year-old home will be rehabilitated, and a complementary structure will be added to the rear of the building, serving as the main part of the branch.
‘Historic Landmarks is delighted that First Harrison Bank has stepped forward to save this important historic property. Our organization has worked for several years to see something positive happen with this important piece of Floyd County history,’ stated Greg Sekula, Historic Landmarks’ Southern Regional Director. ‘Incorporating the house into the new branch will create a truly unique banking environment.’
With 11 locations throughout Harrison, Floyd, Clark and Washington counties, First Harrison Bank employs nearly 150 people and has assets exceeding $440 million. For more information about First Harrison Bank, contact Sam Uhl, President, at 738-2198 or e-mail [email protected]