Washburn Cultural Center
Originally known as the Bank of Washburn, the Washburn Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving the 1890 building and promoting a sense of community through artistic and cultural activities. It features an art gallery where art, antiques, crafts, collectibles and other items are available for sale. The Romanesque Revival style building was constructed by banker A.C. Probert who founded the first bank in the county in 1887. He decided to use brownstone in order to prevent it from being destroyed in a fire. Its construction reflects the thriving economic environment of the time. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Backstory and Context
The Washburn Cultural Center was founded around 1991 and it opened, after restoration, in 1993. When the building opened as bank in 1890, the first floor was used as a bank and the upper floors were rented out as offices.
http://washburnculturalcenter.com/about-us Jim Peters. "Rank of Washburn," National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places. 1-16-80.