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German Trust and Savings Bank (now Dubuque Bank and Trust Company)

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now Dubuque Bank and Trust Company
1922. Southeast corner of Central and Loras Blvd.

As it progressed into the 1920s, the Beaux-Arts Classical tradition tended to become abstract; often, as in the case of this bank building, the classical ornamentation simply seemed to glide over the surfaces of the building. Emphasis was placed on the fluted pilasters as the principal decorative device. Externally and internally the materials used were meant to convey a low-key opulence. In this Dubuque bank the exterior is sheathed in cream-colored terracotta set on a base of light-gray Minnesota granite. Inside, the walls are covered with a smooth surface of Italian marble.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "German Trust and Savings Bank (now Dubuque Bank and Trust Company)", [Dubuque, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 87-87.

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