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Building has played many roles in city
By JEFF MILLER, West Pasco Historical Society
Published August 14, 2007
[Photo courtesy of West Pasco Historical Society]
This is a view of First State Bank of New Port Richey at the corner of Main Street and what is now Grand Boulevard. The bank opened on Oct. 15, 1921. It was the first bank in New Port Richey. On Aug. 12, 1921, the Tarpon Springs Leader reported, "The First State Bank of New Port Richey has been organized, and this institution is now erecting its fine stone building right in the heart of the city. Contractor W. C. Newcomb, of Largo, is making headway on the work and is planning to finish and turn the structure over to the officers by the first of September. The vault in the bank is being made as near burglar proof as possible and all necessary precautions are being taken in the structure throughout to make it as safe and secure as modern engineering can devise." The bank failed during the Great Depression, suspending operations on June 13, 1931. There was no bank in western Pasco County from 1931 until July 15, 1952, when Gulf State Bank opened in this building. Gulf State Bank moved to a larger building in 1956. Davis Pharmacy was later located in this building. Currently, the law offices of Scott M. McPherson are here.