Farmers and Merchants Union Bank

© Photographed May 7, 2017
Erected 1983 by National Park Service and
United State Department of the Interior
Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin

has been designated a
This site possesses National significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America

National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

The Farmers and Merchants Union Bank building is located on eastbound West James Street / Wisconsin Highway 16 / 60 at its intersection with northbound Dickason Boulevard, at 159 West James Street, Columbus, Wisconsin 53925.

National Historic Landmarks Program: Farmers' and Merchants' Union Bank
National Register Number: 72000044
Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 7, 1976):
Built in 1919, this small, compact bank, for all its elaborate and beautiful ornamentation, has the look of soundness and solidity and imparts the feeling of permanance and safety befitting a bank. Louis Sullivan designed and also supervised construction of this structure, the last of the eight banks he designed throughout the Midwest and the next to last of the modest commissions that were all he could obtain in his later years.
The building is the last of eight "jewel box" banks designed by Louis Sullivan.

The building was used for the bank robbery scene in the 2009 Johnny Depp movie Public Enemies. The filming took place in March 2008 (see trailer below).

Paintings by Susan Stare and Other Historic Artifacts
Researched and Written by Alica L. Schmidt, this 64-page booklet is fabulous!
Produced 2012 by City of Columbus Historic Landmarks and Preservation Commission

See also, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, also at this location.

Click here for a list of all National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin.

The marker is mounted to the right side of the facade.

 Stained glass windows on the west side of the building.

See also, Farmers & Merchants Union Bank, also at this location.

Columbia Historic Preservation Commission plaque.

I had no idea when I visited that Johnny Depp had been here too!

A gorgeous building, with the blooming redbuds to the right.

 The building and marker are located in Columbus, Wisconsin.

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