Former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building

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Former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank
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Former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building is located in New York City
Former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building
Location 51 Chambers St.,
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°42′50″N 74°0′19″W / 40.71389°N 74.00528°W / 40.71389; -74.00528Coordinates: 40°42′50″N 74°0′19″W / 40.71389°N 74.00528°W / 40.71389; -74.00528
Built 1909-1912
Architect Raymond F. Almirall
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 82003375[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 25, 1982
Designated NYCL July 9, 1985

The Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank building at 51 Chambers Street between Broadway and Centre Street in the Civic Center neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1909-1912 and was designed by Raymond F. Almirall in the Beaux-Arts style.[2][3] At the time the 17-story structure was largest bank building in the United States, and was the first skyscraper to use the "H" lay-out, which provided light and air to more parts of the building.[2][4]

The bank itself had been organized in 1850 by Roman Catholic Archbishop John Hughes and the Irish Emigrant Society, with the purpose of protecting the savings of Irish immigrants newly arrived in the city.[2] The current building is the third built by the bank on the same site.[3]

The building is now owned by the City of New York. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and both the exterior and the first floor interior were designated New York City landmarks in 1985.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p. 31
  3. ^ a b c Robins, Anthony W. (ed.) "Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building Designation Report" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (July 9, 1985)
  4. ^ 92. Former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, “The Masterpiece Next Door: All 500-plus Manhattan landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places, blogged.” Originally posted Saturday, December 6, 2008, retrieved 13 April 2011.

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