Grinnell, Iowa: Bank Golden Lions by Louis Sullivan

Designed by architect Louis Sullivan in 1914, the jewel box bank building is not something you expect to see in a small town in Iowa.
Address:
833 4th Ave. W., Grinnell, IA
Directions:
Merchants National Bank/Grinnell Chamber of Commerce. Downtown, on the north side of 4th Ave. W. just west of its intersection with Broad St.
Admission:
Free
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Jewel box bank building.

Jewel Box Bank Guarded by Golden Lions

Winged golden lions guard the entrance to the former Merchants National Bank, built in 1914 by famed architect Louis Sullivan and placed on the National Landmarks Registry in 1976.

Now home to the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, the bank building style was known as a "jewel box" because of its rectangular shape and keyhole-inspired design above the front door.

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