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“Quick half hour trip off I35 to see this treasure”

Prairie School Bank
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Owatonna
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Owner description: Built in the early 1900s this financial institution features stained glass, murals and ornate chandeliers.
Minneapolis
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476 reviews
154 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Quick half hour trip off I35 to see this treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

I have been in or through Owatonna over a hundred times and finally made it to this Louis Sullivan desgned building. Imagine a farmer taking his deposit to the bank back in the 20s or 30s. It is a palace and something to behold. Check out the mural of the cows, the orniate tile work and the light fixtures. Luckily Wells Fargo still keeps this landmark going for us to all enjoy.

Visited July 2012
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Brainerd, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Worth the effort to see. You don't see a building like this every day.

Visited June 2012
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Beautiful building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

Worth a stop in to look. This is now the main Wells Fargo branch. Take about 20 minutes to go inside and just gaze all around. Amazing!

Visited April 2012
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Chatfield, Minnesota
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“A neat way to spend 10 minutes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

Very neat. Spend a few minutes inside if you like architecture. It is a nice example of Prairie School and a working bank, so come during business hours to see the interior.

Visited October 2011
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Mankato, Minnesota
2 reviews
“Architectural jewel in S Minnesota”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

An unexpected jewel of a building. Is it by Louis B. Sullivan or one of his students? Don't remember, but it is beautiful. We have a bank in this style in Mankato, but this one is done on a grander scale.

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