Sunday, September 21, 2014

Louis Sullivan's Last Jewel Box Photographed by Todd A. Smi

Recently I was in Columbus, Wisconsin and took the opportunity once again to photograph the Farmers and Merchants Union Bank.  The original bank was designed by architect Louis H. Sullivan in 1919.  Over the decades, three additions have been added to the bank.  The first addition was in 1958 by Madison, WI architectural firm Law, Law, Potter & Nystrom (now Potter Lawson, Inc,).  The second addition was in 1980 by Madison, WI architect The Bunce Corporation.  The 1980 addition was later demolished to make way for the 2006 additions by John G. Waite Associates, PLLC of Albany, NY.

Front view of Farmer's and Merchants Union Bank in downtown Columbus, WI on West James Street showing the John G. Waite addition on the left with the buff colored Cream City brick next to the red brick original by Louis Sullivan on the right.  (Photos by Todd A. Smith)

Corner view of Farmer's and Merchant's Bank from West James Street & Dickason Blvd.

North facade of Farmer's and Merchants Bank on Dickason Blvd.  On the left is the red brick original Louis Sullivan design.  The John G. Waite addition in Cream City brick is on the right.

Corner view of the new Cream City brick addition by John G. Waite as seen from Dickason Blvd. and West Harrison Street, Columbus, WI.

Todd A. Smith is a No. VA, VA, DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY architectural photographer located in Alexandria, VA. Please visit to see examples of his architectural photography.

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