Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northwest

Laramie State Bank Building

architect

Meyer & Cook

location

5200 W. Chicago Ave.

date

1927-29

style

Art Deco

construction

terracotta

type

Bank
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At a time when banks usually looked like forbidding fortresses, this Art Deco-style building was given a colorful exterior covered in coins, beehives, harvests, squirrels, and other symbols of savings and prosperity. The rich imagery, sculpted by artisans of the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company, are made of a versatile baked-clay material manufactured in Chicago. It represents some of the city's finest decorative terra cotta work.

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With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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