The Bank Block

The Bank Block (HM89I)

Location: Grandview Heights, OH 43212 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 59.026', W 83° 2.697'

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Grandview Heights Shopping Center, 1927

Built by pioneering retail developer Don Monroe Casto Sr., the Bank Block was dedicated in 1928. Considered one of the earliest regional shopping centers in the United States, it innovatively featured 350 free parking spaces-complete with uniformed attendant-to accommodate the rapidly growing numbers of automobile-owning suburbanites. The Bank Block's first tenants included several competing national grocers (Kroger, A&P, and Piggly Wiggly), the First Citizens Trust (later Ohio National Bank), a stationer, barber shop, and pharmacy. It remains the nucleus of Grandview's commercial district. Casto, once described as "the man who changed the shopping habits of the free world," also built the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall and was a dominant figure in retail commercial development in the Midwest for much of the 20th century.
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HM NumberHM89I
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number34-25
Year Placed2000
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Grandview Heights-Marble Cliff Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 2:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 325395 N 4427958
Decimal Degrees39.98376667, -83.04495000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 59.026', W 83° 2.697'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 59' 1.56" N, 83° 2' 41.82" W
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Area Code(s)614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1235-1255 Grandview Ave, Grandview Heights OH 43212, US
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