Merchants National Bank (Winona, Minnesota)
Merchants National Bank
|Architect||William Gray Purcell, George Feick, Jr., and George Grant Elmslie|
|Architectural style||Prairie School|
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|Added to NRHP||October 16, 1974|
Merchants National Bank in Winona, Minnesota is a bank building designed in the Prairie School architectural style. It was built in 1912, and it features elaborate terra cotta and stained-glass ornamentation. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1974.
Architects William Gray Purcell, George Feick, Jr., and George Grant Elmslie intended the building to appear solid and stable, to impress both bankers and customers. The design elements reflected the agricultural importance of the community, with terra cotta sculptures of grain on the exterior and murals of farm scenes, painted by their friend Albert Fleury, inside. A terra cotta eagle perches above the entrance. The interior receives sunlight through stained glass window walls and a skylight, and is also lit with vertical light standards topped by round globes. Purcell used some of these design features in the Edna S. Purcell House, built a year later.
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- Nord, Mary Ann (2003). The National Register of Historic Places in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. ISBN 0-87351-448-3.
- "Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School - Architectural tour: Greater Minnesota". Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Retrieved 2008-04-06.