There was a time period in the Midwest when construction was based on a carefully considered architectural style. In the early 1800's it usually involved finely crafted brickwork.
Form was extremely important and while functionality was valued, it was a form with elaborate details that set the tone of the building.
As an example, consider this Rushville, Indiana building.
A close up provides the dedication date.
Over time some of the original work has been replaced by modern materials including glass brick and aluminum metal.
Despite these replacements and changing functions, the original form remains to continue setting the tone of the structure.