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
Williamsburgh Savings Bank is located in New York
Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Williamsburgh Savings Bank is located in the United States
Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Location175 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates40°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
Built1875
ArchitectGeorge B. Post
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference #80002642
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 9, 1980[1]
Designated NYCLMay 17, 1966

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank was a financial institution in Brooklyn, New York from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. The bank was incorporated in 1851 under legislation passed by the New York State Assembly.[2][3]

Architecture[edit]

The Willliamsburgh Savings Bank is remembered today for two imposing headquarters buildings still standing. The domed original, designed by George B. Post and opened to the public in 1875, is located at Broadway and Driggs Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.[4] The later Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower opened in 1929 at One Hanson Place near the Long Island Railroad Depot.[5]. A series of mergers brought the bank into the HSBC group late in the 20th century. The building at 175 Broadway is listed by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] In 2010 Juan Figueroa bought the building and adjacent property for $4.5 million for conversion to a banquet hall named Weylin.[6][7][8]

Williamsburgh Savings Bank 2015
The rotunda features an elaborate mural by artist Peter B. Wight

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Keyes, E.W. (1878). A History of Savings Banks in the United States from Their Inception in 1816 Down to 1874: With Discussions of Their Theory, Practical Workings and Incidents, Present Condition and Prospective Development. A History of Savings Banks in the United States from Their Inception in 1816 Down to 1874. B. Rhodes. p. 230. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  3. ^ North, E.G. (1951). The first hundred years, 1851-1951: an account of the founding and growth of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, together with a brief history of the communities served by this bank through its first hundred years. Williamsburgh Savings Bank. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Williamsburgh Savings Bank New York Architecture
  5. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-02-01. Note: This includes Luella Boddewyn; Joan R. Olshansky & Elizabeth Spencer-Ralph (September 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Williamsburgh Savings Bank" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-01. and Accompanying five photographs
  6. ^ A Landmark Restored, From Mosaic Marble Floor to Grand Dome The New York Times, 2014 March 12
  7. ^ Williamsburgh Savings Bank sold The Brooklyn Paper, 2013 Dec 3
  8. ^ Weylin Weylin Event Space