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Property Name Memphis Bank and Trust Building
Reference Number 13000502
State Tennessee
County Shelby
Town Memphis
Street Address 44 North Second Street Building
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/15/2013
Areas of Significance COMMERCE
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000502.pdf
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The Memphis Bank and Trust Building (MB&T) is significant in local commerce due to its association with the explosive growth of the installment finance banking during the early 20th century. It was established as a vehicle for local automobile dealers to share in the lucrative returns on consumer financing. MB&T experienced unprecedented growth in the immediate post-World War II years and rapidly became a major local bank, even as they overstepped banking regulations to do so. The Modernist style Memphis Bank and Trust Building played a significant role in recreating the metropolitan area in post-World War II Memphis and is eligible for individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A.

 

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