Historical Commission Will Dedicate Marker In Cleveland

CLEVELAND, September 18, 2017 - The Liberty County Historical Commission will conduct an official marker dedication honoring the First National Bank Building of Cleveland, now known as the San Jacinto Professional Building.  The sponsor for the marker is Sherry Cook and Cook Construction of Cleveland, owners of the building.  Mrs. Cook has lovingly rescued and restored this building after several ownerships and the loss of many of the original architectural components in the interior.   The dedication will be held on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.  The address is 127 North San Jacinto Street in Cleveland.  There will be a reception following the dedication and an opportunity to tour the building. 

With proximity to the Big Thicket forest area and the establishment of a railway station, the early town of Cleveland was a prime location for the timber industry and a farming community to thrive and grow.  This combination made Cleveland a place for folks to actively work and raise families.  As people moved to Cleveland to work, start new businesses and build homes, the need for a bank in Cleveland became more evident with each day.  In 1912 the Charter for First National Bank of Cleveland was granted by the United States Treasury Department, Office of Comptroller of the Currency, thereby making the First National Bank of Cleveland the oldest national bank in Liberty County. In 1913 the property at the present site was purchased and the original bank building was constructed.  Prominent architect Alfred C. Finn of Houston designed the addition and remodeling of the bank in 1931, doubling its size.

When the City of Cleveland was incorporated in 1935, the bank provided space for the office of the mayor and meeting space for the city council.  Professions located in the bank building included dental and law offices.  In the late 1960s administrative departments for the Cleveland Independent School District and the District Superintendent occupied offices in the building.

Following the construction of a new bank building in 1969, the original building became the offices of the Trinity Valley Savings and Loan Association.  After a succession of other ownerships and businesses, the building was restored in 2013 by Cook Construction of Cleveland.  For more than 100 years this building has been a landmark and anchor in the downtown business district Cleveland.

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