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Benton Harbor couple asking for community’s help to save historic bank

Posted on Aug. 28, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 28, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — A Benton Harbor couple will be starting an Indiegogo crowdfunding account soon to help pay for restoration of the Farmers and Merchants Bank at 92 W. Main St.

Sherry and Tom Miller purchased the building, and have paid for new roof drains, stairs for roof access, and scraping, spackling and painting of the upstairs interior with the help of another partner, according to a press release from Ugly Dog Media.

The building was “originally built in 1888” and “updated to its current neo-classical style in 1911. But ... the white terra cotta façade is crumbling, the massive pillars are cracking, and the pediment is a preferred nesting site for migratory birds,” according to the press release.

The couple has a three-part restoration plan that includes renovating other parts of the building, making room for a creative center and a retail and commerce area and having room for classrooms and a photography gallery.

For more information, email save92westmain@gmail.com or visit the Save 92 West Main Facebook page.