Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Beautiful floral detail on the old Mechanics & Farmers Bank at the corner of State and James Streets. A graceful bird appears on one on the leaves, poised to pluck some berries. The former Mechanics & Farmers building, one of the loveliest structures on State Street, was designed in the 1870s by Russell Sturgis. A native of Baltimore, Sturgis was one of the founders of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and a noted author and editor on the subject of architecture.