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Prairie School Bank

Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Owatonna
Type: Architectural Buildings
Description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
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Owatonna MN
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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97 reviews 97 reviews
51 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
33 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Has to be seen to be believed. You go up stairs and read the history and see the beautiful murals on all of the walls and ceilings. It is also a functioning Wells/Fargo Bank.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

A very uniquely designed building, just minutes from the freeway. See the other reviews for knowledgeable architectural info, but I can vouch for it's distinctiveness and beauty as someone who doesn't have any knowledge of architecture. Also check out the lovely courthouse across the square.

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283 reviews 283 reviews
85 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I have been in or through Owatonna over a hundred times and finally made it to this Louis Sullivan desgned building. Imagine a farmer taking his deposit to the bank back in the 20s or 30s. It is a palace and something to behold. Check out the mural of the cows, the orniate tile work and the light fixtures. Luckily... More

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