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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.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


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—,

Print Source

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

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