Decorative Frieze from old Farmers and Merchants Bank, Hector Minnesota; terra cotta

Section of a frieze, 1916

These decorative terra-cotta tiles for the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hector, Minnesota were designed by George Grant Elmslie in his own style of organic ornamentation, developed during twenty years as Louis Sullivan's chief draftsman. Stylized plant forms combined with geometric patterns, repeated throughout the facade, separate the brick lower level from the light stucco second story. This section was removed in 1970 when the bank was remodeled.

Details
Title
Section of a frieze
Artist Life
(born Scotland), 1869–1952
Role
Designer
Accession Number
73.18
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Decorative Frieze from old Farmers and Merchants Bank, Hector Minnesota; terra cotta