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Prairie School Bank

Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Owatonna
Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
Owner description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Cultural
Owner description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.

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Lake City, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

When we arrived at the State School Orphanage we were told by someone there that if we had time we should also see the Prairie School Bank. The architecture is amazing and the story and history of the building were fascinating as well.

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Little Valley, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We went looking for a good local restaurant in the downtown area and ended up finding a beautiful architectural treasure of a bank building. We eat at the Costas Candies & Restaurant which was good, and after leaving, found ourselves at the St. Clair's for Men shop across the street where I purchased a very nice spring weight jacket. We... More 

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Springfield, IL
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As architecture buffs, this building was high on our list of sites to visit. It didn't disappoint. The outside is wonderful and it's so nice to have a park across the street to get a really good view. Once you go in the bank's staff is very helpful. They gave us the brochure for the self-guided tour and pointed out... More 

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Owatonna MN
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We have several accounts at this icon of a bank. The employees have always been helpful and we feel out money is secure. The architecture is classic and the best scenery next to Central Park and downtown Owatonna, MN..

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This "jewel box" bank building designed by Louis Sullivan is well worth a side trip off the interstate. From the outside, the bank looks rather imposing. Inside, it is a shock of color and ornamentation--fabulously beautiful. The bank is now a Wells Fargo branch and is open during normal banking hours. (HA!) It is a wonderful surprise for anyone who... More 

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Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It doesn't take long to drive off I-35 to arrive at this site in downtown Owatonna. Open during banking hours for public viewing, identify yourself as a tourist and ask to be directed to the stairs to the balcony, where one gets a closer view of the ceiling, murals, and windows. We were able to take all the photos we... More 

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The historic preservation of this bank is amazing. It's beautiful! We are indeed fortunate this building remains in such great condition and is available for public viewing.

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minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Built in 1908, Louis Sullivan, the Father of American Architecture, took 18 months to design and build this bank. It is the first of several banks, all called Jewel Boxes. The "jewels" are the magnificent colors that shine through stained glass arched windows and skylights. In addition, 4 18 foot electroliers hang from the ceiling and appear to be glorious... More 

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Twin Cities, MN, USA
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36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

This building is gorgeous! Actually, the whole town square around it quite lovely and quaint - great for a leisurely walk.

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Prior Lake, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I have never seen such stunning architecture within the US, just beautiful, well preserved, definetly worth the stop!

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