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Old Posted Jul 30, 2009, 8:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Busy Bee View Post

How'd they get that Mercantile Building out of the ground in 1942, right in the middle of WW2? I always thought next to nothing was constructed domestically during this time.
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The Mercantile National Bank tower was completed in 1942 and was the only major skyscraper constructed during World War II. The U.S. government had called for a halt of private construction to fuel supply materials for the war effort. However, most of the tower's steel had been prefabricated and was given a special waiver from the government. The bank lobby Art Deco wood murals were the largest in the world at the time.[2]In addition to the bank and other offices, the federal government took 10 floors to office various war agencies. Mercantile Bank owner and founder Robert L. Thornton constructed his own penthouse level in the upper floors.,_Texas)
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