9 thoughts on “farmers & merchants bank

  1. There are a surprising number of abandoned bank buildings here in the midwest. Was pleased to see that a restaurant is opening in a Louis Sullivan bank here in Cedar Rapids. The owners even restored the wonderful murals inside.

    • Hello 🙂 Good news that the Louis Sullivan is becoming a restaurant. The Iowa River Power Company in Cedar Rapids is also a fine example of restoration, although it’s been years since I was there.

      This little building is in an unincorporated scatter of houses 20 miles from town, so I’m afraid its future is simply more decay and continued abandonment.

  2. Pictures of abandoned buildings are beautiful because of their stately grace in decline, however often make me feel melancholy. The comment above gives me hope that some are brought back to life once again. This one is looks well in sepia, adding a vintage look.

    • Thanks, Eliza. This building is in an unincorporated community that’s really just a scatter of houses in the middle of nowhere.

      I guess the farmers back in the day needed a bank close to home, since going to town was a 50 mile round trip.

      Now, it just reminds us of a bygone era.

  3. This is amazing Sharon! What a great little piece of the past. A great discovering you have found. Imagine the commerce that went on in this building many years ago. I can picture it all now. Thanks for the images.

  4. abandoned, dilapidated bank building…priceless. I swear I have I have seen this same building in other locales. In grad school I once wrote a paper on the aesthetics of agricultural ruins…wild nature reclaiming the implements and structures of cultivated nature… Love your photos.

    • Hello, Cnawan 🙂

      Thank you! What a great topic to write about.

      I love old rural structures and find a lot of them when driving around the countryside. They’re quintessentially Midwestern.

      I was surprised this one was so tidy and neatly kept; odd since its clearly abandoned and so old the lettering is barely visible.

      Banks, barns, people………..we’re all just visitors. Eventually, mother nature reclaims us all. 🙂

      I look forward to following your blog.

  5. Having grown up on a farm in the midwest (southern Minnesota) I too have a special fondness for old rural structures. It is a close part of my heritage. Indeed ~ eventually mother nature reclaims us all.

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