The corner of Fourth & Main was where the Mansfield Savings Bank built their offices in 1873.
The original structure had a Mansard roof that was quite elegant but failed to keep out the rain, so the roofline was redesigned in the 1890s. In the process the corner acquired an imposing and memorable round tower room.
There was a time—in the 1920s—when the corner of Fourth & Main was without question the busiest intersection in town. The Lincoln Highway brought cars through on Fourth Street, and the heaviest traffic of downtown businesses was all within shouting distance of Main Street.
The photos in this article, spanning 125 years, are all pointed at the northwest corner of Fourth and Main.
The Mansfield Savings Bank has long since moved away from the corner of Fourth & Main as part of a larger conglomerate institution, but the building lives on in a vital role as a cornerstone of the Carrousel District.
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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native Son. Every Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.