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Address: Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
Description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained...
Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
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Beautiful, very special place - worth coming off freeway or a trip to town

Having seen beautiful buildings around the country, I'd put this in the top 10. It's stunningly beautiful inside. The bank is on the national historic list, deservedly so. Bank... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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St.Paul, Minnesota
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530 reviews 530 reviews
160 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Having seen beautiful buildings around the country, I'd put this in the top 10. It's stunningly beautiful inside. The bank is on the national historic list, deservedly so. Bank employees welcome visitors, have a free brochure and talk with you for a few minutes about the history. Many week nights the bank is open until 6 PM - check hours.... More 

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Lake City, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
95 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 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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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
47 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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