Aurora IL is described on wikipedia as a suburb of Chicago, but the population is 200K. Hell of a suburb, if that's the case; do they think of themselves as such?
Let’s start with the knockout: whoa!
And now, the rest of the story.
“Here’s the design! Hope you like your bank.”
“Uh - we’re the fire department”
No old man, however dignified he may seem, should wear Crocs
You suspect the original religion moved to better digs, and a dollar-store version moved in.
If there’s any natural fit for an old bank building, I’d say it’s a mattress company. It’s what people used as a bank, after all.
Architect, tongue hanging out of the corner of his mouth as he concentrates: I have to find a way to concentrate people's attention on the door so they can find their way in
That’s some quality Prairie School ornamentation, complete with the roosting-bats motifs.
A perfectly fine old office building. I may be misled by the cornice hues, but looking at the proportions indicated by the windows, I wouldn’t be surprised if they tacked on that back section later.
Terracotta gems like this are often found intact, since even the usual gang of vandals felt abashed at painting this or covering it up.
You really, really want to pull that second-floor string course down to see if all the floors will resize proportionally.
Obligatory Ugly Modern Bank:
See terra-cotta, above.
Buildings like speak of a prosperous time. Beauty can be accomplished with any budget, but when you’ve a few bucks to burn you can go Gothic and the smart people will love it.
Glitch in the matrix; wall skins imperfectly coded
That’s a hellaciously impressive vista for a town of this size, and a sign of how good things were going in the 20s.
Not a small amount of illegal spirits were consumed in that structure, I suspect.
Housing now, of course. One final note: