This treasure of architecture can be seen in Algona, Iowa, this county-seat town of about six thousand residents is one of only eight Louis Sullivan-designed buildings in the Midwest. The original building was designed as a land and loan office in 1913 and has been featured in many architectural textbooks and studies of prairie architecture.
The building is a 1,300 sq. ft. shoebox of a building. It is one of the simplest designs ever done by Sullivan. With the remodeling being done to bring the building back to it’s original level of beauty the committee is trying to re-acquire the 12 stained glass windows that were sold out of the building over the years as were the urns that added beauty to the building. It is the hope of the committee that they will be able to offer replicas of the windows to the buyers and get the original windows back where they belong, in Sullivans building in Algona, Iowa.
Sullivan was the mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright and he authored two texts that greatly influenced a new generation of architects. He postulated the theory that form follows function. The building is currently housing the Algona Area Chamber of Commerce and restoration and preservation efforts are being implemented by a group of volunteers.
Admission – None
Directions – west of U. S. Highway 169 on East State Street
in Algona, Iowa 50511
Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday — Friday
Phone – (515) 295-7201