Old Imperial Bank, Niagara Falls

Old Imperial Bank, Niagara Falls

The Old Imperial Bank in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a magnificent limestone building that has stood the test of time for over a century. Constructed in 1906, it was designed by the Toronto-based architectural firm of Darling and Pearson and features an eclectic blend of Romanesque Revival and French Renaissance styles.

The bank's central location in downtown Niagara Falls made it a significant player in the economic development of the surrounding businesses. As one of the few old commercial structures remaining in the area, the Old Imperial Bank is a remarkable symbol of the once-prosperous Village of Elgin.

The building's exterior is made of quarry-faced limestone and features massive stone sections that were deliberately designed to give the impression of strength and security. The carved door lintels and large cut stone window surrounds are also noteworthy, contributing to the building's dominant and elegant presence on the corner.

Despite a major bank robbery that occurred on the site in 1964, the Old Imperial Bank continues to stand as a solid and distinguished reminder of the downtown's earlier prosperity. The property is recognized for its heritage value by the City of Niagara Falls, and its central location near other heritage properties makes it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

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Old Imperial Bank on Map

Sight Name: Old Imperial Bank
Sight Location: Niagara Falls, Canada (See walking tours in Niagara Falls)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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