Long before it was Five Star Bank, Albion site had a two-story tower

Posted 29 October 2013 at 12:00 am

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

ALBION – Recently the Five Star Bank building at the northwest corner of Main and West Bank streets in Albion was freshly repainted. (Click here for a previous article.)

In this photo from about 1890 we see much more detail in the architecture. Here the brick has not yet been painted, which is in contrast with the decorative stone trim, making the building much more lively than today.

This large three-story block was built in 1882 by William G. Swan and boasted two-story corner tower. To the right appears the Sickels Block, which conformed in the same style known as Eastlake.

The corner store was operated by George Barrell, a druggist – hence the mortar and pestle symbol on a post in front.

The name James Bailey & Son appears on the awning next door where they operated a grocery store. These store fronts are now all a part of Five Star Bank.