The Banker's House
Built in 1875, The Banker's House has become a local landmark over the last century and a half and is now preserved by the group Preservation North Carolina (PNC). The Banker's House is said to be the work of G.S.H. Applegate with similar architecture projects around the time period and region. The House officially has changed ownership 6 times before it was given to PNC after the death George Blanton Jr. The Banker's House is now used by the city of Shelby and a private party planner to host events in the house or in the renovated barn that is on the backside of the property that can be used along with the house rental or be a seperate hosting location for smaller gathering. Many people each year use the Banker's House as a meeting place for holiday parties for their businesses and many more use it as a wedding location using the inside for pictures and the back lawn for the wedding precession, with the barn being a lovely reception hall.
Backstory and Context
Shelby, North Carolina used to be a banking center for the lower foothill region in the middle of the 19th century and into the early 20th century. Being the largest city in the area, many mills depended on the funds that banks in Shelby had to begin mill construction and start up costs. Other small towns around Shelby also depended on funding from the Shelby banks.
The Banker's House is officially owned by the Bank of the Ozarks, under the Banker's House Foundation.2 Bank of the Ozarks bought out the First National Bank of Shelby a few years ago. PNC has the power to use the house as they see fit under the preservation guidelines.
2- Orlando, Joyce. "Historic Home goes from private to public." Shelby Star(Shelby), May 01, 2014.
Jackson, Carolyn. The Banker's House. Accessed November 30, 2017. http://thebankershouse.org/.