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Front facade of First National Bank--113 W. Main St.
Courtesy of Lorraine Draper

As one of the more prolific architects of Pipestone, Wallace Dow designed the 1898 First National Bank building. Leon Moore and A. J. Martin constructed the two-story, 25 by 80-foot Sioux quartzite building, decorated with molded gray granite columns and a Richardsonian inspired Sioux quartzite arch with a light colored keystone. The most distinctive features which still mark this Neoclassical building are the fluted pilasters with Corinthian capitals that support an entablature and triangular dentilated pediment, the lunette date stone and the words "First National Bank," done in relief on a light colored stone.

This building was the second home of the First National Bank, the first being in the Calumet Hotel. In 1916 it was sold to G. A. Belsheim, a clothing store. During this time, the arch and half of the pilasters were removed when Belsheim remodeled the first-floor facade. In 1931, the building again changed hands and became a grocery store until 1956. Further remodeling took place, completely altering the storefront to its present condition, and a shoe store moved

Historic image c.1904, showing the Cheverton-I.O.O.F Block, First National Bank and the Ober-Hubbard Building
Courtesy of Pipestone County Historical Society

into the space. The second floor of the building housed the Telephone Exchange and other professional offices from 1899 to 1952. For the past 20 years, the upstairs floor was used for apartment living.

The First National Bank Building is located at 113 W. Main St., Pipestone. It is currently empty and not open to the public.


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