People's Saving Bank

In 1911, Louis H. Sullivan, a pioneer of American architecture, crafted the design for the People’s Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids. Sullivan's vision for the bank was hailed for its forward-thinking architectural elements and innovative approach to design. For four decades, the building stood as a testament to Sullivan’s craft, serving its purpose without significant alterations. However, in the aftermath of World War II, the bank underwent interior modifications to accommodate expansion, eroding much of Sullivan's original design. While the exterior of the building remained relatively unchanged, the interior lost its distinctive character and historical significance.

Nurture undertook a meticulous examination of Sullivan's original plans and the bank's historical context; drawing on this research, a comprehensive restoration program was proposed, aimed at breathing new life into the building. The restoration efforts were twofold: first, to restore the interior to its near-original condition, meticulously recreating furnishings and finishes; second, to undertake a careful exterior restoration to ensure the building's architectural integrity was maintained.

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In addition to restoring the physical structure, Nurture also focused on integrating modern mechanical and electrical systems while preserving the building's historic charm. This restoration was bestowed with the President's Historic Preservation Award Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Honor Award from AIA Chicago and AIA Iowa's Distinguished Building Award. These awards serve as a testament to Nurture's dedication to preserving architectural heritage and ensuring that the People’s Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids remains a cherished landmark for generations to come.