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First National Bank Building

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1911–1912, John Morrell and Sons. 226–228 5th Ave. S.
  • First National Bank Building (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

This is a lively Beaux-Arts design that strongly establishes its presence on the street. The architects have achieved this success by creating strong accents of highlighted surfaces played against dark shadows and recessed areas. At the center is a Roman temple with columns in antis, the two Ionic columns flanking the entrance. Above is a deep tympanum in the pediment with a dramatic eagle that catches fragments of sunlight. The modernists were at it; in this case they broke the verticality of the temple front and the entrance with a V-shaped marquee, which fortunately has been removed.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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

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