First National Bank (1)

Pipestone Commercial Historic District

First National Bank (1)

Pipestone, Minnesota 56164, United States

Created By: Pipestone County Historical Society


Architect Wallace Dow also designed this two-story neo-classic Sioux quartzite building. Built in 1898 for First National Bank, the original facade had molded concrete pilasters and a dramatic, rounded Sioux quartzite arch with a light-colored quartzite keystone. The most distinctive features remaining today are the triangular pediment, with tooth-like dentils, the lunette date stone "1898" and the words "First National Bank" carved in relief.

The building was described as one of the finest in this part of the state when completed. The bank operated at this location until 1916. Other businesses at this location included clothing stores and grocery stores. The second floor has had a variety of occupants, including a telephone exchange from 1899 to the 1950s. It has been renovated into apartments.

After the building changed ownership in 1916, the arch and lower half of the pilasters were removed when the facade was remodeled. In the 1950s, the facade was again remodeled and modernized. The building was restored in 2002, but without the arch, which was structurally impossible to replicate.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Pipestone Commercial Historic District


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