May 15 – Rival Banks

Winona, MN has a plethora of historic architectural sites. Two of them are the rival banks in town, the Merchants National  Bank and the Winona Savings Bank. We made an impromptu tour of both. The current Merchants Bank was built in 1912 in the Prairie School architectural style.

Entry into the Merchants Bank designed by Purcell & Elmslie.

Detail of one of the Merchants Bank stained glass windows.

The original vault of the Merchants Bank.

The Winona Savings Bank was built in 1916 with Egyptian Revival style and Prairie School influences. It also serves as a museum, featuring its architecture, Italian marble, original steel vault, original furniture, and Tiffany stained glass windows. The building also displays the large gun collection and a few dusty African safari trophies of the bank’s original owners.

The palatial entry to the Winona Savings Bank.

Tiffany stained glass above the entry.

The vault, just safety deposit boxes in there!



One Response to “May 15 – Rival Banks”

  1. Ann-Marie Says:

    Beautiful pictures