National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna

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National Farmers' Bank
Owatonna's classic bank
National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna is located in Minnesota
National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna
Location Broadway and Cedar Streets, Owatonna, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°5′6″N 93°13′33″W / 44.08500°N 93.22583°W / 44.08500; -93.22583Coordinates: 44°5′6″N 93°13′33″W / 44.08500°N 93.22583°W / 44.08500; -93.22583
Built 1908
Architect Louis Sullivan
Architectural style Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements, Other
Part of Owatonna Commercial Historic District (#14001237)
NRHP Reference # 71000441
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 26, 1971[1]
Designated NHL January 7, 1976[2]

The National Farmers' Bank of Owatonna, Minnesota is a bank building designed by Louis Sullivan with decorative elements by George Elmslie. It was built in 1908, and was the first of Sullivan's "jewel boxes". The building is clad in red brick with green terra cotta bands, and features two large arches. Internal elements include two stained-glass windows designed by Louis J. Millet, a mural by Oskar Gross, and four immense cast iron electroliers designed by George Grant Elmslie and cast by Winslow Brothers Company (owned by William Winslow, for whom Frank Lloyd Wright designed an iconic house).[2][3]

The bank was remodeled in 1940, and many of the interior architectural elements were destroyed. Subsequent work in 1958 and from 1976 to 1981 restored it to its original grandeur. On January 7, 1976 it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural significance.[2][3] It is located at the northeast corner of Broadway Street and Cedar Street in Owatonna and is now a Wells Fargo banking store. It is also a contributing property to the Owatonna Commercial Historic District.[4]


Other Louis Sullivan "jewel boxes"[edit]

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  1. ^ Staff (2006-03-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "National Farmers' Bank". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  3. ^ a b Carolyn Pitts (July 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Northwestern National Bank of Owatonna / National Farmers' Bank of Owatonna" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 4 photos, exterior and interior, from 1971 and undated. PDF (941 KiB)
  4. ^ Pearson, Marjorie; Renee L. Hutter; Andrew J. Schmidt (April 2011). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Owatonna Commercial Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 

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