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Clermont State Bank Building (now Clermont Museum)

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now Clermont Museum
c. 1895. Northwest corner of Mill and Clay streets

By elevating the building several steps above the street level on a raised basement, the architect of this small two-story brick-and-stone structure declared that it is a bank, not a retail store. This quality is further reinforced by the large front window with a gently curved lunette above. The Richardsonian Romanesque style is primarily conveyed in the first-floor front, which almost seems to have been placed like a stage set in front of a simple brick building. A touch of refinement comes from the three stubby polished granite columns holding up the arches of the entrance and front window.

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Author: 
David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim
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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Clermont State Bank Building (now Clermont Museum)", [Clermont, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/IA-01-NO071.

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 370-370.

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