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Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank

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Beautiful Place to Visit

If you are anywhere near Grinnell, it is worth the time to stop by and see this building. Such a... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Larry L
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Mingo, Iowa
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Impressive piece of architecture. Was a total surprise, it really is a jewel in jewel box of... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
whataboutbob9
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Oberlin, Ohio
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The Merchants National Bank building is one of the eight Midwestern "jewel-box" banks designed by Louis Sullivan, legendary American architect and mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright. The bank was constructed in 1914 for $60,000 and remained a bank until...more
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833 4th Ave, Grinnell, IA 50112-2042
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

If you are anywhere near Grinnell, it is worth the time to stop by and see this building. Such a wonderful example of the period's architecture. In addition, Grinnell is a great little town to visit. Prairie Canary is a very nice restaurant.

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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Impressive piece of architecture. Was a total surprise, it really is a jewel in jewel box of Grinnell which is the Jewel of the Prairie!

Thank whataboutbob9
Kendra T, Public Relations Manager at Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thanks for stopping by to visit! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

Kudos for Grinnell for maintaining this jewel and sharing it with the public. Well worth a stop if you're going by on I-80. Lots of good restaurants nearby, but Grinnell College museums, to make a stop worthwhile.

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Kendra T, Public Relations Manager at Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed September 6, 2017

While I haven't been here for a while, I do remember my visits with my Grandfather, he banked here! This place is so amazing and colorful. Just a quick drive from I-80. Many great sights to see in this small town.

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Management response:Responded September 8, 2017

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed August 20, 2017

Open to the public, this old "jewel box" bank building is the origin of the town's nickname "jewel of the prairie"

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Reviewed August 11, 2017

Probably the inspiration for Grinnell’s “Jewel of the Prairie” slogan, this bank is prominently located on a corner in downtown Grinnell. Now a visitor center, the original remarkable detail of this 1914 Louis Sullivan work is preserved inside and out. The friendly woman who gets...More

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Management response:Responded August 14, 2017

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed June 20, 2017

could be kept a little neater, the t- shirt counters and such. The building is interesting.Inside and out.

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Management response:Responded August 14, 2017

Thanks for your review! We apologize for the untidiness of our office at the time of your visit -- we had just hosted our largest event of the year the weekend you stopped in, and unfortunately had not gotten everything back in order.

Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Some days are full of sweet surprises. Drove up to Grinnell for a little outing. Shopping in their sweet Main Street and decided to walk around the block. Surprised when we came across this unique building. What a delight when we discovered it was a...More

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Jodi F, Marketing & Events Coordinator at Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2016

We appreciate your feedback and are so pleased you chose to stop by and visit!

Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

While you won't spend hours checking the interior of the building out, it is worth the time to see all the details that are the architect thought would make this place truly special. Even the check writing desk is amazing. The Chamber of Commerce staff...More

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Jodi F, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Louis Sullivan Jewel Box Bank, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2016

Thank you so much for sharing your feed back! We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed August 9, 2016

Honestly, I didn't do my homework and didn't realize there was a Louis Sullivan bank in Grinnell when I pulled into town. But driving by, I could see from a block away that I needed to peek in. This isn't as majestic (or famous) as...More

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