Mechanics Bank & Trust Company Building (22)
612 South Gay Street
Rebuilt in 1908 on the site of an existing bank building, this Second Renaissance Revival-style building earned a place in Southern literature because of an incident recounted in Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi. In 1882, Mechanics Bank and Trust President Thomas O’Conner shot and killed Joe Mabry and his son, who fired back and killed O’Conner as well.
The site later earned its place in pop music folklore when, in 1955, Cas Walker fired the Everly Brothers from his country music show, one of many shows broadcast live from station WROL, which for many years was headquartered in the building.
The building now serves as commercial office space.