|Simple square shape with vaulted stained glass windows and arch within a square.|
Carl Bennet's dad owned the Farmers' Bank in Owatonna, Minnesota. Son Carl's interests tended toward art and music, not banking, but, a dutiful son, in 1893 he graduated from Harvard and returned to Owatonna to take over the bank. It was pretty unusual for those days in rural Minnesota for a young man to have a Harvard education, let alone an interest in the arts.
|Huge murals depict life on the prairie|
|Clock is above the tellers' windows, against a prairie sky mural.|
|"Electoliers" weigh 2 1/2 tons each|
Because of an economic downturn in the 1890s, Sullivan's career virtually ended and his life became a financial disaster. With no more work for him in the Big City, Sullivan agreed to a few small projects like Farmers' Bank in Owatonna.
|Sullivan called the building "a symphony of color and light."|
I'm wondering what the salt-of-the-earth Norwegian farmers of 1908 thought of the Owatonna Farmers' Bank when they came to town.
Carl Bennett lost the bank in the Crash in the 1920s.
It is now open as the Wells Fargo Bank and is a National Historic Landmark.