Sunday in Iowa...

The Merchants National Bank, Grinnell, Iowa
One of a series of small banks designed by famous architect Louis Sullivan in the Midwest between 1909 and 1919.  It is notable for its beautiful, highly detailed window - the motif has been repeated all around Grinnell, in street planters, for instance.
Inside is a colored glass skylight that comprises much of the ceiling.  It is known as the "Jewel box" bank.

3 comments:

  1. We just don't build like that anymore, do we!

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  2. Can't imagine what it would cost to build that today.

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  3. The older buildings of importance (ie, churches, libraries & banks) had character. I miss that, especially in the churches. The old churches have the air of holiness about them that the new ones don't. Libraries had a special feel to them, especially the old Carnegie libraries. And banks, too. So much has changed...and not all of it is for the better.

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