Merchants’ National Bank

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This is the Merchants’ National Bank designed by Louis Sullivan. It was built in 1914 and is located in Grinnell, Iowa. It is among a series of banks that Sullivan designed known as his “jewel boxes”.

I chose this bank because of it’s simplicity. The building is a rectangular box with a long series of windows on the side to let light in. The front entrance features a giant circular window with detailed ornamentation and embellishments. The inside looks beautiful with natural woodwork spanning across the walls and counter tops.

The Merchants’ National Bank does not look like your normal bank. Sullivan did a great job to give this building it’s own special character and ornamentation.

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1 Response

  1. great post. I’m impressed at how well the building has been preserved over the years. I also like how all the windows let so much natural light into the bank.

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