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“Visited by students at the U of M. Quite famous and beautiful. Proud to have it in Owatonna.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prairie School Bank

Prairie School Bank
Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Owatonna
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Owner description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
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“Visited by students at the U of M. Quite famous and beautiful. Proud to have it in Owatonna.”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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“Architectural gem”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Minneapolis
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“Quick half hour trip off I35 to see this treasure”
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 Wells Fargo still keeps this landmark going for us to all enjoy.

Visited July 2012
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Worth the effort to see. You don't see a building like this every day.

Visited June 2012
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“Beautiful building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Worth a stop in to look. This is now the main Wells Fargo branch. Take about 20 minutes to go inside and just gaze all around. Amazing!

Visited April 2012
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