Have You Seen This Architectural Jewel Box in Owatonna?
Step back more than 100 years in Minnesota history inside this beguiling bank.
By Kaomi Lee
June 24, 2022
One of the nation's most enduring and significant architectural buildings used to be called the Farmer's National Bank in Owatonna, Minn. It might never have been built in 1908 if it hadn't been for a couple of anti-establishment architects and a wealthy local banker who were not afraid to invest in new ideas.
Louis Sullivan and George Grant Elmslie were hired though their own studio was in a chaotic state. Sullivan had become an excessive drinker, and the gifted Elmslie was left to shoulder much of the design work. One Greater Minnesota Reporter Kaomi Lee tours the bank with architectural historian Richard Kronick.