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Address: Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN

Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass,...

Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.

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Well worth the drive

This incredible "jewel box" bank built in 1906 in this small dairy town will blow your mind. While the exterior is interesting, you HAVE to go inside!!! It is only a few miles off... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
dave b
Annapolis, Maryland
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

You can go look at it, but make sure you know that this a working bank. Usually people there are doing bank business so they may wonder what you are doing and ask if you are just looking around.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This incredible "jewel box" bank built in 1906 in this small dairy town will blow your mind. While the exterior is interesting, you HAVE to go inside!!! It is only a few miles off Interstate 35. Don't forget, if they don't remind you, to go upstairs to the balcony. The architecture, the murals, lights, glazed tiles, stained glass and 4... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This bank is an amazing piece of architecture and deserves to be included in any trip to the area. Be sure to go up to the balcony to see the chandlers up close.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This is a good stop to see a functioning bank set in a historical context. It is good to keep this as part of the flow of thought toward the similar period structures of this style in Mason City

St.Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 353 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 

Thank Seniordad
Lake City, Minnesota
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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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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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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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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..

Thank Marquisman
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 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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