|Sullivan Columbus WI Bank|
Runners, Placemats and Pillows
By Rennie and Rose
Between 1916 and 1920, Louis Sullivan designed and built seven rural town banks: Cedar Rapids and Grinnell in Iowa, West Lafayette in Indiana, Owatonna in Minnesota, Newark and Sidney in Ohio and Columbus in Wisconsin. These were among the few commissions Sullivan got in the final years before his death in 1924. Modest box buildings in size, they are located in small rural towns. With richly ornamented architectural interiors, they became known as Sullivan’s ‘Jewel Boxes’ which is how they are referred to today.|
Critics rank these banks as the finest of Sullivan’s designs. Comments of visiting bankers were: “No space wasted“, “Nothing is crowded“, “Nothing is left out” and “Beautiful”.
The Columbus Wisconsin Sullivan ‘Farmers & Merchanits Union Bank’ built in 1919 remains a functional bank building today. This was the last of his 7 bank designs and is perhaps his most picturesque and sculptural designs second perhaps only to Sullivan’s exquisite bank design in Owatonna, MN. The Columbus bank’s neighbors include the strong Prairie School design Public Library and the City Hall of Romanesque revival style. The Columbus Banks is a National Historic Landmark for it’s architecture.
The Columbus Bank has a majestic arched window above the main entrance whose stained glass panels design (see photos) is the inspiration for these Table Runners, Place Mats and Pillows.
This exclusive and extraordinary fabric has color depth and is woven on jacquard looms in rich detail taking into account the ornamentation detail of Sullivan‘s ‘Jewel Box’. Product manufactured in the USA.