February 27, 1966: Wachovia Bank Building Dedicated


After years of planning, demolition, and construction, the Wachovia Bank Building (at right in the photo) was dedicated on this day in 1966.  It was built on the corner across Fourth Street from the Reynolds Building.

A ribbon-cutting and a flag-raising ceremony was held the following day, on February 28th.  Mayor M. C. Benton cut the ribbon to formally open the tallest building in the Southeast.

Construction on the building began in December 1963, after the 300 North Main Street block of businesses was demolished through the block to Church Street.  The building was topped out in March 1965.

The Wachovia Bank Building was sold and the Wachovia name was removed in 1998.  The renovated and refurbished building today is named Winston Tower.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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