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Prairie School Bank

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Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Newly-Renovated, One-of-a-kind

Wells Fargo has just completed a complete restoration of the interior of this one-of-a-kind bank... read more

Reviewed December 15, 2017
Kirk G
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Owatonna, Minnesota
Go and See, but not now

The bank is under extensive renovation. Now is not the time to visit. I would suggest calling the... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2017
JohnRegoPark
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Rego Park, New York
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Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
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“jewel box” (8 reviews)
“stained glass” (5 reviews)
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Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Reviewed December 15, 2017

Wells Fargo has just completed a complete restoration of the interior of this one-of-a-kind bank. The bank staff is eager to share the story of this historic building.

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

The bank is under extensive renovation. Now is not the time to visit. I would suggest calling the bank next year to see how the work is progressing. The entire interior is not visible. The outside is spectacular and well worth the visit, but the...More

Thank JohnRegoPark
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Reviewed September 26, 2017 via mobile

I have ever seen. Lucky for me it is a Wells Fargo, which is the bank I currently use. The outside is impressive! But, you really must step inside for the true "jewel" of this location. My first visit here was jaw dropping as I...More

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Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

Don't leave town without seeing this beautiful National Landmark! Designed by Louis Sullivan. Will take your breath away!

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

Wonderful Louis Sullivan designed "Jewel Box" bank. Bank management is more than happy to provide tour. Don't miss the Federated Insurance Building across the street. Another great prairie school building. Unfortunately no tours are available of the Federated Insurance Building.

1  Thank GPFromPA
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

On our way from Rochester to Minneapolis, we stopped in Owatonna to walk around the town and stretch our legs. As we were walking down one of the main streets, I turned to two women who were walking just behind us and asked if there...More

Thank bstorm
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Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

The design of this gorgeous, amazing bank is called a jewel box. While the outside is fabulous, the inside is the real treasure! Amazing and unbelievable. Highly recommend a stop at this historic building. The employees are used to and welcome gawkers.

Thank Teresa S
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Reviewed April 12, 2017

What a beautiful preserved piece of history. The outside of the building is unique. But when you step inside, it is a definite WOW factor. Buildings like these are rare. One piece of history that was not ripped down. The people working inside are proud...More

Thank Mary M
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

We toured this last year while visiting friends. It really is a must see and not at all what you might expect in this small town. It is still in use as a bank but they kindly let you walk, go upstairs and view the...More

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Reviewed November 16, 2016

the inside is like you were in the 1930s. there is a farm mural on the wall that is breath taking. and you can walk up stairs to a balcony that overlooks the banking area. The bank is full of terracotta type detail.

Thank clipper13
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