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American Exchange Bank

1871

 

—Shipman —

 
American Exchange Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Toman, July 24, 2010
1. American Exchange Bank Marker
Inscription. This Italian Renaissance Revival style structure, a distinguished example of its type, was designed by Madison architect Stephen Vaughn Shipman. Built of Madison sandstone as the Park Savings Bank, the structure occupies the former site of the American House where the first territorial legislative session was held. The American Exchange Bank, which moved to the building in 1922, has been a Madison institution since 1871.
 
Erected 1975 by Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 36.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.547′ N, 89° 22.97′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Washington Avenue and North Pinckney Street, on the right when traveling west on East Washington Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: One North Pinckney Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Outdoor markets are a Madison tradition (a few steps from this marker); American House (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitol Square has long been the heart of the city
American Exchange Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Toman, July 24, 2010
2. American Exchange Bank Marker
View from across East Washington Avenue; the marker is on the wall toward the lower right.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Olson and Veerhusen Building / Hobbins Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Maeder Building / Ellsworth Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Winterbotham Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belmont Hotel (about 400 feet away); Draper Brothers Block (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding American Exchange Bank. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This beautiful Italianate style building was designed by Madison architect Stephen Vaughn Shipman. Erected of local sandstone, it is one of the finest Italianate commercial buildings remaining in Madison. Built as the Park Savings Bank, the structure was originally several bays wider to the left. The left-hand section of the building was destroyed by fire long ago. In 1922 the American Exchange Bank moved into the corner part of the building. During World War I the old German-American Bank, located at the time in the Suhr Building, was renamed the American Exchange Bank, no doubt to eliminate any connotation of sympathy with
American Exchange Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Toman, July 24, 2010
3. American Exchange Bank Building
View from the Capitol Square across Pinckney Street. The building is very narrow because, as explained by the Madison Landmarks Commission, the part of the building on the left was destroyed by fire.
the enemy. The American Exchange Bank moved into this building in 1922 and remained there until recent times. The building occupies the former site of the American House hotel, a pioneer structure where the first session of the Wisconsin territorial legislature was held."
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This is a list of markers for Madison sandstone buildings.
 
Also see . . .
1. Urban Land Interests. More photos of the building from the web site of the current owner. (Submitted on July 27, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 

2. Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on March 19, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architecture
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Closeup of American Exchange Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Toman, July 24, 2010
4. Closeup of American Exchange Bank Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,089 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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