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Bank History
Winona National Bank was originally established as the Winona Savings Bank in July 1874. In 1916, the Historic Downtown Building at 204 Main Street was erected and housed both the Winona Savings Bank and the newly formed Winona National Bank. Engraved on the front of the building is "Winona Savings Bank," as the two had not merged at the time of construction. Later, the two banks merged to form Winona National and Savings Bank. In 2001, Winona National and Savings Bank merged with Town & Country State Bank of Winona to form the current Winona National Bank.

Over the years, Winona National Bank has had several prominent presidents, including William Mitchell, for whom William Mitchell Law School in St. Paul is named, and William Windom, a former United States Treasury Secretary.

Our Downtown Office at 204 Main Street was designed by prominent architect George Maher of Chicago, who also designed the Watkins building in Winona. Our Downtown Office is a favorite of visitors to Winona. The building, with its Egyptian Revival style and Prairie School influences, also serves as a museum, featuring its architecture, Italian marble, original steel vault, original furniture, and Tiffany stained glass windows. The building also displays the gun collection and African safari trophies of the bank’s original owners.

Read more about our bank in our Tour Booklet (PDF).

Bank Tours

Free, self-guided tours of our Historic Downtown Building are available during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To schedule a group tour, please call 507-454-8800 or 800-546-4392 at least one week in advance. Tours can be tailored to your group’s interests or age: architecture, bank history, grade-school students, etc.

Downtown Office Photo Gallery
Downtown Construction
Construction on the Downtown Office at 204 Main Street began in 1914. The new office opened its doors for business in April 1916.
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Raising of the Columns
At the time the columns were erected in 1916, they were among the largest gray granite columns in the United States.
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Mammoth Steel Vault
Given the title "Mammoth Steel Vault" in the original 1916 souvenir booklet, the vault was built by Deibold Safe and Lock Company of Canton, Ohio, which has long been considered the leader in vault equipment.
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Tiffany Stained Glass Windows
The famous Tiffany Studios of New York created all of the building’s stained glass windows from architect George Maher’s sketches.
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Original Furniture
This chair is an example of the original Prairie School inspired furniture. Built in 1916, it is still in use today.
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Made of white marble, two stairwells lead from the first floor to the third floor. The stairwells are designed to provide an elegant passageway to the third floor’s artistic splendor. Top-grade mahogany railings wrap around the staircases.
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Lion Trophy
One of the many trophies on display from the original owners' 1924 African safari, the lion towers over the Teller Line in our Downtown Lobby.
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Downtown Office
Visit the Historic Downtown Office, Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 5:00.
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East Office
The East Office at 840 Mankato Avenue was built in 1998.
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West Office
The West Office at 1491 West Broadway was built in 1971.
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