The design for United Prairie Bank’s new downtown Mankato branch returned the National Citizens Bank building back to its original splendor after nearly a half a century of use as a clothing store. The bank was designed to be very open for natural light filtration and to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for bank customers and employees.
The bank’s space showcases the original historic ornate coffered ceiling supported by faux painted marble columns. The bank offices were designed to be open and walls do not extend to the ceiling, to preserve the historic elements. In addition, the offices have no ceilings over the spaces and have large glass doors so the building’s beautiful details are visible throughout. This also allows for maximum daylighting to fill the entire space. The bank lobby is open and bright with floor tiles that reflect light deeper into the space. The new overhead lighting was carefully placed in the center of the coffered ceiling detail. The lights have integrated fan blades that close up around the fixture like flower petals when turned off. Combining the finishes of leather, glass, porcelain tile, quartz, dark stained woods, natural wall covering, custom furnishing and modern lighting, creates a new space that reflects an intimate and comfortable atmosphere.