Adams First National Bank Building

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Adams First National Bank Building

Project Type: Conditions Assessment, Adams, MN

Client: City of Adams and Adams Area Historical Society

LHB was selected by the City of Adams and the Adams Area Historical Society to conduct a conditions assessment of the First National Bank Building, one of a few extant “jewel box” banks designed by notable prairie-style architects Purcell and Elmslie. The building remained a bank for less than 10 years, spending the rest of its life as city hall, the municipal liquor store, and an arts and crafts boutique. It was recently acquired by the Adams Area Historical Society and is in the process of being restored to serve as a museum.

Our team reviewed available existing documents and reports to gain a clear understanding of how the building was built, its history, and changes it has undergone over the years.
On site we assessed the building’s foundation, masonry, framing, roofing, windows, doors, finishes, and interior spaces. Our structural engineer evaluated the functionality of the brick masonry and how it may have changed over time. Our mechanical engineer assessed the current systems and offered guidance as to how we can provide the desired thermal comfort while restoring the interior to its original vaulted condition.

The LHB project team documented potential accessibility and code compliance issues while working with the Adams Area Historical Society to understand any unique requirements that may arise from proposed uses.

Historic photo courtesy of “The Western Architect”

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