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NamePeoples Federal Savings and Loan Building
Address101 East Court Street
Sidney, Ohio 45365
Brief DescriptionA Louis Sullivan Masterpiece
DescriptionBanking began at an unknown time in Shelby County, Ohio, and it existed in the form of a prosperous pioneer citizen long before any outside financier formally announced itself a place of safe deposit of secured loans.

Located at the corner of South Ohio and Court Street, is the Peoples Federal Savings & Loan Association, a National Historic Landmark. Peoples was incorporated in 1886 and housed in several downtown locations prior to 1917 when the Board of Directors invited famed architect Louis H. Sullivan to Sidney to make preliminary sketches for the bank. A young American, born of an Irish father and Swiss-French-German mother, Louis Henri Sullivan is regarded as perhaps America’s greatest architect. He established his career as one of several architects hired to totally rebuild downtown Chicago after the catastrophic fire of 1871. He was among the pioneers in the development of the skyscraper, made possible with the introduction of the skeletal grid iron frame.

It has been said that Sullivan stipulated that the institution accept the plans exactly as he designed them, without any changes. After five days of submitting the plans, there were no changes and construction began. The new ‘Thrift’ building was completed only a year later, on May 31, 1918.
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Last Updated9/21/2022
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