Stone-faced Adam (scary on black) by ggshearron

Stone-faced Adam (scary on black)

This artwork is found on the First National Bank of Newark, founded in 1865 and was one of the first banks in Ohio to operate under the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. This building was erected in 1870 and features a corner entrance and striking stonework, including an unusual stone face. Legend claims that this is the face of Adam Kiesel, sculpted by T. D. Jones of Granville. Kiesel was a south-side property owner who suffered a series of failed businesses after his return from the Civil War. When fire struck the wooden buildings on the south side of the square in 1868, Kiesel was accused of deliberately setting the fire for the insurance money. He was charged with arson, but acquitted by townsmen who were glad to see the old eyesore buildings destroyed. More likely, the face is an apotropaic symbol meant to ward off bad luck of evil intent, such as another fire.
March 31st, 2023  
Nice shot
March 31st, 2023  
Nicely captured close up
March 31st, 2023  
I like it!
March 31st, 2023  
This is scary just the way it is. Very interesting commentary!
April 1st, 2023  
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April 2nd, 2023  
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