Abandoned 1905 Bank in Saint Francisville LA For Sale At $1,199,000

Absolutely stunning Old Bank Building nestled right in the heart of the charming Historic District in Saint Francisville! This two-story brick building was expertly crafted back in 1905 and proudly stands at the corner of Royal and Prosperity Streets. It’s a true masterpiece of architectural artistry from a bygone era and has gracefully stood the test of time for well over a hundred years.

As you approach, your eyes will be drawn to an intricately designed granite column at the corner, a remarkable piece that was brought down the Mississippi river all the way from Cincinnati. This column serves as a warm and inviting greeting. Following that, you’ll pass through ornate antique wrought iron gates, step onto a mosaic tile welcome mat, and finally enter the building through impressively large curved front doors.

Once inside, you’ll be captivated by the presence of three exquisite fireplaces, the original teller counters, and a walk-in bank vault that has now transformed into a museum room. This room beautifully showcases the history of the antique button jewelry business that has called this location home for countless years. Grandmother’s Buttons, the jewelry business, has garnered attention from well-known magazines like Victoria (1998), Country Living (2013), and even Southern Living, which recognized it as one of the “100 Greatest Shops in the South” in 2019.

Additionally, this building had a moment in the spotlight, appearing in the Warner Bros. movie “The Reaping,” starring Hilary Swank, back in 2007. Despite its rich and prestigious history, deeply intertwined with art and architecture, this building offers an exciting opportunity for limitless potential.

The lower level, spanning nearly 5,000 square feet, currently serves as a retail space, while the upper level maintains its original office layout. You can take hold of the hand-hewn handrail and let your imagination wander as you ascend the historic staircase. Passing through a magnificent stained glass window depicting Audubon’s flamingo, you’ll find yourself in a spacious, open central room overlooking the staircase. From here, you’ll be enveloped by seven rooms on three sides, each offering a distinct view of the Mississippi River, the courthouse, live oak trees, and historical landmarks like Temple Sinai and the Julius Freyhan school.

With its prime location spanning two lots and BMX-zoning approval for about half an acre, this property opens doors to an array of possibilities for both residential and commercial development. Truly a one-of-a-kind discovery that’s hard to come by!

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