"Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change. That is architecture."
- Frank Lloyd Wright, 1937
Opened in 1906, the Frank L. Smith Bank, now the Dwight Banking Center of Peoples National Bank of Kewanee, was Frank Lloyd Wright's answer in design to demonstrate the solidness of a small town bank. The building uses its mass to convey a feeling of solidity and permanence, comforting feelings to the bank's customers.
The building still conveys those same feelings as it did in 1906 when the Dwight Star and Herald featured an article predicting a "splendid future for this solid financial institution," but it wasn't until the final sentence of the article that the name of the architect was given. "Frank Lloyd Wright," the article read, "of Chicago and Oak Park, is the architect of the building and the designer of the fixtures and furniture, and by his work he has demonstrated his ability as a master architect who can do things that are not only original but are also beautiful and practical."