Old Farmer's Bank building
Another chapter in what Keely calls "Mom's 'American Main Street' series":
What a surprise for the eyes to see this little limestone bank in Smiths Grove, KY. (Smiths Grove is a small town in Warren County, about 20 miles east of Bowling Green.)
The Farmer's Bank building is currently unoccupied. I found the following information about its history:
Erected in 1894, Farmer's Bank is a pretentious limestone structure built for Dave and James R. Kirby by an itinerant stone mason. Closed in 1931, Farmer's Bank never reopened and was later used as a post office.
Source: Architecture of Warren County, KY 1790-1940, copyright 1984 by the Landmark Association of Bowling Green and Warren County, Inc., Bowling Green, KY.
A "pretentious limestone structure"? The adjective "pretentious" seems opinionated -- and thus, out-of-place. This book is supposed to be reporting noteworthy facts about Warren County's best old architecture.
Were the writers insinuating that Smiths Grove was not a fancy enough town to deserve an attractive stone bank? Or are they suggesting that a small building should not have so many details? There's no way to know what they really meant, but I'm pretty sure they were expressing an opinion, not giving a fact.
According to WordNet (r) 2.0:
1: making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition" [ant: unpretentious]
2: intended to attract notice and impress others; "an ostentatious sable coat" [syn: ostentatious] [ant: unostentatious]
3: of a display that is tawdry or vulgar [syn: ostentatious, kitsch]