April 18, 1912
HARTINGTON — A perspective view of the new First National Bank building has been received by the bank officers from the architects in Sioux City. On account of some modifications which are likely to be ordered, the picture does not exactly represent the finished building and so is not for publication at this time, but its general outlines are pretty well represented. It will be of two colors of brick, the darker colored brick forming five or six massive columns on each exposure, west and north, large windows occupying most of the space between them.
The entrance will be in the south side of the west front. H.B. Spork’s building will conform to the same architectural plan, making a 75-foot front on Broadway of the same general design. The Masonic lodge has been anxious to secure a part of the building for a lodge hall, and there was talk of their making arrangements for a third story. This plan appears to have been practically abandoned, but the bank officers have been asked to take into consideration the needs of this lodge and some of the other lodges, and if possible to arrange the second story to allow for a lodge room, dining room and ante-room. It is expected that the building will be in shape for occupancy in less than six months.