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The former First National Bank is the oldest bank building in Charlotte County still standing. Erected in 1912, it played a key role in the growth of the city in the early 20th century, serving as a leading financial institution for the community. The building is also a striking example of Neoclassical architecture, featuring large columns and decorative brickwork in the shape of a pediment. The building has been home to various businesses in recent years.

Built in 1912, the former first First National Bank played a vital role in the development of Punta Gorda in the early 20th century.

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The State of Florida chartered First National Bank as Merchants Bank of Punta Gorda. When it opened in 1912, it became the city's second bank; the first was Punta Gorda Bank. It changed its name to First National Bank of Punta Gorda in 1914 when it obtained a federal charter. First National contributed to the city's development, especially in the land boom of the 1920s, by providing financial services and support to the fishing, tourism, and agricultural industries. It appears the bank closed in 1985 when First Florida Bank acquired it. First Florida was later acquired by Bank of America in 1999. The former First National Bank building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

"The First National Bank of Punta Gorda." US Bank Locations. Accessed March 16, 2021.

Taylor, Tulie W. "Old First National Bank of Punta Gorda." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. March 14, 1991.

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