Farmers & Merchants Union Bank

© Photographed May 7, 2017
Erected 1983 by National Park Service and
United State Department of the Interior
Columbus, Columbia County, Wisconsin
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Farmers & Merchants
Union Bank
Established 1861
In 1919, Bank President J. Russell Wheeler and his wife, Anna May Wheeler, retained Architect Louis Sullivan. Known as the father of the skyscraper, Sullivan was to design a building that would give the bank an image of financial security, civic monumentality, and community activity. This building is the result of that endeavor. Sullivan referred to it as his “Jewel Box”. It was the last of eight mid-western banks that he designed and it was his last building commission.
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.

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).

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

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

 The stained glass windows on the west side of the building.

Columbia Historic Preservation Commission plaque.

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

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

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

The memorial is located in Columbus, Wisconsin.

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