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First National Bank Building

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1919, A. H. Andrews Co. Northwest corner N. 2nd Ave. W. and 1st St. N.
  • First National Bank Building

This bank building appears in the full guise of a Greek Doric temple, at least on two of its sides. The general tendency of Beaux-Arts classicism was to look to Rome or Renaissance Italy; here we encounter a well-done version of a Greek temple with columns in antis, its only omission being a stylobate base. The upper portions of the temple design are larger and more boldly articulated than the walls and columns below. The entablature with its tri-glyphs and the pediment with its elaborately sculpted tympanum are of grand scale and seem (in a charming fashion) to push the lower part of the temple into the ground.

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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "First National Bank Building", [Newton, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-CE373.

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