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Koda Bank (Bank of Minto, Minto Commercial Bank)

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Bank of Minto, Minto Commercial Bank
1915, attributed to Joseph E. Rosatti. 521 2nd St.
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

The exterior walls of this bank are of tapestry brick, a high-fired brick with a somewhat shaggy surface highlighted by a variability of color. Unlike other North Dakota banks that dominate and anchor downtown business districts, this building appears almost residential, surrounded by a small lawn and set back from the street. The rectangular building itself is shaped more like a library than a bank, but its height and imposing projecting entrance pavilion suggest its purpose as a financial institution. Nevertheless, the building is stylistically unusual for a bank. Bracketed sills flank the entrance, a stained glass transom is above the door, and decorative foundation banding above the water table acknowledges the basement-level windows.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Koda Bank (Bank of Minto, Minto Commercial Bank)", [Minto, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 90-90.

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