South Boston Walking Tour

A: 209 Main Street:
Planters & Merchants Bank

The Planters and Merchants Bank at 209 Main Street (presently Enchanted Surroundings, an antique shop) is the most impressive late 19th century commercial building in South Boston. It stands as one of the most opulent structures in the commercial area and clearly reflects the prosperity of the tobacco planters and merchants who established it. It consists of a recessed, two-story central block flanked by one-story wings with semi-hexagonal facades. The central block is highlighted by a cast-iron false front featuring decorative panels, molded cornices, and a central pediment inscribed with the name of the building (P & M Bank) and its date of construction (1891).

The first and second floors have large windows with brick arches and contrasting stone keystones and imposts, while the entire facade is enlivened with decorative brick, cast iron, and carved stone details. The post office was located here in a frame wing on the bank's left (north) side. The mailboxes of metal were opened from the outside of the building so that patrons could get their mail without entering the building. It was only necessary to go inside if one wanted to purchase stamps or conduct other business.

The next stop - E. L. Evans Building

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