National Bank of Summers
Backstory and Context
This is a Queen Anne style commercial building of brick, on a corner lot, with a cantilevered hexagonal oriel on the southwest corner (a.k.a. touret), formerly capped with a corresponding rood. The Third Avenue facade is 3 bays in width, while that along Temple Street is five bays. The storefront has been altered. Upper-story fenestration is flat-topped and segmental-arched 1/1, with some windows hacing more elaborate heads than others, perhaps suggesting more important historical uses. The touret was removed in World War 2, as it was made out of metal to help off-set the shortages of metal.
This building has gone through many businesses in its time.
In 1996, the Church and School of Wicca headquarters were relocated to Hinton, WV, after the founders, Gavin and Yvonne Frost moved to the area. The Church, which was formed in 1968 in St. Louis, MO, is notable for being the first Craft correspondence school and for being the first officially recognized Pagan-based place of worship by the IRS, which it achieved in 1972. The Church was also involved in the Dettmer v. Landon case in 1985, which resulted in Wicca being recognized as a legitimate religion by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Church and School of Wicca still offer classes to new students on the official website, though headquarters are not open to visitors.
Today it is used as a resale shop.
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