Old State Bank, 1838

114 North Second Street, Vincennes, IN 47591

Architect: John Monroe


Old State Bank is a two and a half story Greek revival structure featuring four Doric columns and a triangular pediment. The bank’s primary material is handmade brick which was formed into irregular shapes to create the cornices of the bank, an unusual practice. Much of the brick work throughout the structure has been covered with plaster to give the appearance of sandstone.


The Old State Bank is the oldest existing bank structure in Indiana. Due to its proximity to the Wabash River, Vincennes was a strong fur-trading location early in Indiana’s history. The State Bank aided in Indiana’s transition from fur-trading to an agricultural economy and was a key establishment in settling the Midwest.


National Register of Historic Places, 1974

Style: Greek Revival

Owner (past/present):

Past: Second State Bank

Present: State of Indiana, Dept. of Natural Resoures (Full name)

Materials: Brick, plaster

Additions and/or changes with date:

1858-1960 various additions and changes made due to fluctuation in ownership

1965 original appearance restored

Historic use/current use:

Historic use: Bank

Current use: Museum

Is building open to the public?:  Yes, seasonal tours or by appointment

Condition: Good

Website and/or sources of information:

 Visiting information: http://www.vincennescvb.org

Historical Information: http://www.indianamuseum.org/explore/Vincennes

 Research Sources:

National Register of Historic Places, Old State Bank, Vincennes, Knox, Indiana, 19748389. 1974.

“Old State Bank.” Visit Historic Vincennes. 2015.http://www.vincennescvb.org/attractions/16/historic/49/old-state-bank

“Frontier Indiana.” Vincennes State Historic Sites. 2015.http://indianamuseum.org/explore/vincennes