Williamsburgh Savings Bank

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Williamsburgh Savings Bank
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19th century HQ
Williamsburgh Savings Bank is located in New York City
Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Location 175 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates 40°42′36″N 73°57′44″W / 40.71000°N 73.96222°W / 40.71000; -73.96222Coordinates: 40°42′36″N 73°57′44″W / 40.71000°N 73.96222°W / 40.71000; -73.96222
Built 1875
Architect George B. Post
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002642
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 9, 1980[1]
Designated NYCL May 17, 1966

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank was an important institution in Brooklyn, New York, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. A series of bank mergers brought it into the HSBC group late in the 20th century. (It is not to be confused with the nearby Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, now known simply as the DIME, a rival local institution that has remained independent.) Williamsburgh Savings Bank opened the building in 1875. It is best remembered for two imposing headquarters buildings still standing, the domed original [2] at 175 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, designed by George B. Post, and the later Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.[3]

The building at 175 Broadway is listed by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It continued in use as a bank building. In 2010 Juan Figueroa bought the building and adjacent property for $4.5 million for conversion to a banquet hall [4] named Weylin B. Seymour's (note the acronym [5]), and a new hotel.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Williamsburgh Savings Bank New York Architecture
  3. ^ Luella Boddewyn, Joan R. Olshansky, and Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (April 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:Williamsburgh Savings Bank". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-02-20.  See also: "Accompanying five photos". 
  4. ^ Weylin B. Seymour's Weylin B. Seymour's Banquet Hall Website
  5. ^ A Landmark Restored, From Mosaic Marble Floor to Grand Dome The New York Times, 2014 March 12
  6. ^ Williamsburgh Savings Bank sold The Brooklyn Paper, 2013 Dec 3