link: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Unified Vision: The Architecture and Design of the Prairie School
navigation spacer Introduction navigation spacer The Collection navigation spacer Purcell-Cutts House Tour navigation spacer Architectural Tour navigation spacer Comments navigation spacer
Architectural Tour
 link: Selected Highlights Tour
 link: Lake of the Isles Tour
 link: Minneapolis South Tour
 link: Greater Minnesota Tour
 link: Razed Structures Tour
 link: E.L. King House, Rockledge
 link: Francis Little House
 link: Decker House
 link: Madison State Bank
 Features of Prairie School Architecture
 See these buildings in person.
Madison State Bank
previous stop Madison State Bank next-stop
map icon  

Related Images
Madison State Bank related image
Madison State Bank related image
Madison State Bank related image

Madison State Bank, 1913
Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie
Madison, Minnesota
razed 1968

For the Madison State Bank, Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie produced a long, narrow plan for the middle of a block. The exterior featured a window wall with aqua, orange, and yellow terra-cotta ornament enlivening the brick fa├žade. This was similar to Purcell and Elmslie's other bank designs, as well as to Louis Sullivan's National Farmers' Bank in Owatonna. The tellers' cages, in the center of the Madison bank, were framed in quartersawn oak panels terminating in light standards akin to those designed for other commissions, notably the Edna S. Purcell House (Purcell-Cutts House). Even though the bank president's office was located at the very back of the building, it was situated to provide a direct view of the front door so the president could greet clients personally as they entered. The architects even included a specially designed vault that allowed air to enter if someone were locked inside during a robbery. Six panels from the main skylight are in the collection of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; they form the basis of the reconstructed skylight, which is on view in the museum's Ulrich Architecture and Design Gallery. Features of the Prairie School >


Unified Vision Intro| The Collection| Purcell-Cutts House Tour| Architectural Tour| Comments