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Prairie School Bank

Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Amazing Surprise

Wonderful Louis Sullivan designed "Jewel Box" bank. Bank management is more than happy to provide... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GPFromPA
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Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
What a Wonderful Surprise!

On our way from Rochester to Minneapolis, we stopped in Owatonna to walk around the town and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bstorm
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Los Angeles
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Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Broadway and Cedar, Owatonna, MN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful Louis Sullivan designed "Jewel Box" bank. Bank management is more than happy to provide tour. Don't miss the Federated Insurance Building across the street. Another great prairie school building. Unfortunately no tours are available of the Federated Insurance Building.

Thank GPFromPA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way from Rochester to Minneapolis, we stopped in Owatonna to walk around the town and stretch our legs. As we were walking down one of the main streets, I turned to two women who were walking just behind us and asked if there...More

Thank bstorm
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The design of this gorgeous, amazing bank is called a jewel box. While the outside is fabulous, the inside is the real treasure! Amazing and unbelievable. Highly recommend a stop at this historic building. The employees are used to and welcome gawkers.

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed 13 April 2017

What a beautiful preserved piece of history. The outside of the building is unique. But when you step inside, it is a definite WOW factor. Buildings like these are rare. One piece of history that was not ripped down. The people working inside are proud...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We toured this last year while visiting friends. It really is a must see and not at all what you might expect in this small town. It is still in use as a bank but they kindly let you walk, go upstairs and view the...More

Thank Pip18Wisconsin
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.

Thank clipper13
Reviewed 31 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.

Thank Julie B
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...More

Thank bauercat
Reviewed 29 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...More

Thank ninam720
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.

Thank 315travelinprogress
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