Bowery Savings Bank

1865-1899BankManhattan

110 East 42nd Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

ARCHITECTS
Stanford White (McKim, Mead, & White)

BUILT 1895

RESTORED BY Morali Architects

RESTORED 2002

INTERIOR DESIGNATED 1994

DESIGNATED AREAS
the banking room; the waiting room; the Grand Street entrance lobby; the Bowery and Grand Street revolving door enclosures; the staircase leading to the balcony; the balcony along the north wall; and the staircase leading to the basement level safety deposit vault area; and the fixtures and components of these spaces, including but not limited to, wall and ceiling surfaces; the skylight; floor surfaces; the teller station; doors; windows; decorative metalwork; the wall surfaces of the vault (excluding the vault interior) and the attached clock; and attached furnishings and decorative elements

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Excerpt from Landmarks Preservation Commission Designation report:

“The Commission further finds that, among its important qualities, the Bowery Savings Bank building, constructed in 1893-95 on the site of the bank’s first building which had served as the home of New York City’s fourth savings bank (established 1834), is a major example of the work of the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White and its partner Stanford White; that the interior is an early example of the Roman Revival style which was to become standard for savings bank buildings, and was intended to express both simplicity and grandeur; that the skylit, eighty-footsquare, steel-framed banking room with details that closely follow Roman prototypes compares in scale to the grandest buildings of ancient Rome resulting in an impressive design unsurpassed for its time; that the banking room is a prime example of a type which evolved in the second half of the nineteenth century characterized by a symmetrical arrangement and a prominent, axially-placed freestanding bank vault in a large centralized space organized with a peninsular layout of the tellers’ area to accommodate male and female depositors; that in response to contemporary sanitary concerns, the interior was designed with durable, easily cleaned, surfaces and the building’s form was exploited to provide effective natural ventilation; that at the time of the building’s construction the Bowery Savings Bank was the largest such institution in the country and had established a history of leading the savings bank industry with the introduction of new banking procedures and technology; that the interior has continued to be successfully adapted to new practices and technologies while retaining a high degree of integrity; and that since 1988, this interior has housed a branch of Home Savings of America.”

Since the designation report was published, the building has been adapted for use as an events space.

LPC Designation Reports