Bench and Bank

Historic American Exchange Bank Building

Historic American Exchange Bank Building

The American Exchange Bank is on the Capitol Square across the street from the State Capitol Building. The building is constructed with huge blocks of Wisconsin sandstone. That was the building material of choice for many of the historic buildings in south-central Wisconsin, and the sandstone apparently held up well.

This structure, built in 1871, is still a handsome place.

One of the best things about Madison’s downtown square, however, is the number of benches always available for a quick rest or people watching.

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  1. Love the simple and well-balanced composition. Especially love how the wrought iron in the chair repeats itself in the windows. Great eye!!

  2. The sandstone fits in well. Nice looking corner building.

  3. The sandstone fits in well. Nice looking corner building.

  4. Very nice, very nice.

  5. Somehow I prefer the look of that to the glass and steel of the new buildings.

  6. You’ve captured a great BOB (Beautiful Old Building). 🙂

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