January 16th, 2006

happy

Freeborn National Bank building, Albert Lea, MN

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Built in 1922, this building was designed by some famous architect, I forget his name but this building is very typical of his style...it looks like a froofy wedding cake & is loaded with carving & stonework details. It served as a bank on the first floor & medical and professional offices above until the late 70s when it was basicaly abandoned. The first floor was used briefly for several businesses and the upper floors were going to be used as some kind of AA support facility till the city quashed that somehow. The last time I was inside, in the late 1980s, the roof was already faulty and the top floor was completely flooded. (15 pics behind cut)
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Let's take a WALK AROUND THE BLOCK!

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After taking pics of the bank, I walked down the alley, back over to Broadway (downtown's main street) and back up towards the bank, taking pictures on the way. Every one of these buildings are partially, if not completely abandoned. Since I grew up here I can give a recent history of these buildings anyway...
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