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Old Commercial National Bank

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1903. 91 S. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Paul J. Jakubovich, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society)

Richardsonian Romanesque was on the wane by the time this bank was built, but few small-scale commercial buildings express the design principles articulated by H. H. Richardson as well as this one. The building’s squat proportions, heavy rock-faced brownstone, and broad arches add a sense of massiveness and weight. The round arches in the storefront-level arcade, springing from short columns with squat, foliated cushion capitals, are characteristic of the style, as is heavy, bold ornamentation, including contrasting archivolt trim and craggy cornices. Above the capitals, flanking the 1st Street entrance, two regal stone lions rest, haughtily observing passersby. Although the windows have been altered, the building’s overall richness of form and texture remain intact.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Old Commercial National Bank", [Fond du Lac, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 236-236.

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