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Merchants National Bank

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1925, Weary and Alford. West corner of 2nd Ave. and 3rd St. S.E.

This 12-story office and bank building was the city's most distinguished skyscraper of the twenties. The architects employed the traditional tripartite design in the building; there is a base articulated by three-story arcades, a neutral shaft of paired and single double-hung windows, and then a terminal attic composed of arched windows, decorative cartouches, and a strongly cantilevered roof. The most unusual feature here is the way in which the three-story base has been designed to be experienced almost as a separate podium upon which the rest of the building has been placed.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Merchants National Bank", [Cedar Rapids, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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