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Winona National and Savings Bank, 1914
George Washington Maher
204 Main Street, Winona

The Watkins Company, which had commissioned Maher to design its headquarters in 1911 (see next stop), controlled the Winona National and Savings Bank. It is instructive to compare Maher's bank design to Purcell and Elmslie's Merchants Bank of Winona (previous stop). The Winona National and Savings Bank conveys solidity through a symmetrical stone fa├žade and three-story portico with monumental columns flanked by pylons. Although the pylons and the lotus decorative motif used inside are characteristics of the Egyptian-revival style, the overall decor of the bank and the luxurious materials used (imported marbles and bronze on the interior) are typical of Beaux-Arts classicism. The unified organic design of the windows and railings, however, is a hallmark of the Prairie School. Tiffany produced the glass as well as the bronze railings and other decorative elements. next stop >


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