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Wakonda Branch, South Des Moines National Bank (now Brenton Bank)

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now Brenton Bank
c. 1976, Charles Herbert and Associates. 4303 Fleur Dr.

A Modernist version of minimalism is conveyed by white ribbed metal-sheathed boxes arranged horizontally. Thin ribbon windows reinforce the horizontal aim of this design. Though a good example of Mies van der Rohe's tenet “less is more,” its small size and careful spare detailing (there is almost none, except for the shape and placement of openings within the metal skin) make this suburban bank building a forceful example of Modernism in the decade of the 1970s.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Wakonda Branch, South Des Moines National Bank (now Brenton Bank)", [Des Moines, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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