The tiny project was a massive feat.
Five Saint Mary’s students, under the guidance of Tamara Honesty, assistant professor of scenic design, completed a scale model of the original Winona National Bank, in celebration of the building’s centennial. The students, Ely Mattson, Karina Kim, Miranda Leyson, Julie Frederickson and Matt Schneider (along with adjunct faculty Chuck Hatcher) put in more than 125 hours on the process.
Schneider worked on the model as part of a class project; the others volunteered to help. Each of the women gave up most of their fall breaks to work on the project, as well as additional weekends. Students obtained the knowledge of how to build models, a necessity to anyone interested in a career in theatre. And they learned by constructing one of Winona’s most beautiful historical architectures.
Most of the students had no experience building models, and many had never visited the historic bank before. They built the model using the original blueprints from 1914, as well as copies of photographs.
The model is now part of the bank’s balcony-level historical display.