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Public Art

Photo: Historic Ellerbee Building Stained Glass

Historic Ellerbee Building Stained Glass

School of Louis Sullivan
Materials: Unknown

Artist Statement:

Location: Mankato Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza

About School of Louis Sullivan

The First National Bank of Mankato, built in 1913, is recognized as one of Mankato’s most handsome commercial buildings. Designed by the St. Paul firm of Ellerbe and Round, the bank is one of the state’s finest examples of organically integrated Prairie Style architecture. Contextually it relates to the influence of the Prairie Style in the rural towns and small cities of Greater Minnesota and to the development of downtown Mankato as a regional center of commerce and finance. The bank building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the Minnesota Historical Society on 30 July 1974.

This historic landmark now functions as the Reception Hall for the Verizon Wireless Center. The building, which has been restored with the original bank vaults and stained glass windows, stands as the cornerstone of the Verizon Wireless Center and blends the traditions of the Mankato area with the modern facility of today. The room offers a unique atmosphere to host a social hour or more intimate events.