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Address: Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Walk into this bank and we were blown away. The design was out of this world. Planning on seeing more "Jewel Box" banks in the near future.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We have been to several jewel box banks, but this one will knock your socks off. The outside is attractive, but the inside is incredible! You've got to see it to believe it. It is in a working bank, but they are very generous about taking photos and exploring. Be sure to stop at the chocolate store across the street... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I grew up with this bank, thinking it was normal to bank in a beautiful building. Then I went to architecture school and learned how truly special it is. This masterpiece of "Prairie School" architecture was designed by Louis Sullivan and George Elmslie, and is considered by many to be the best of a series of small town banks completed... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 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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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 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

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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 

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Lake City, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 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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