The building was conceived in an academic Italian Romanesque style, drawing upon characteristics typical of the Emilian region, here adapted to a tall steel-framed building. A variety of arch forms, including the monumental entrance arch; polychromy; and a wealth of carved detail are among the building’s distinguishing features. The overall design, while decorative, incorporates specific references to moral duty and was meant to encourage the thrifty.
The Italian Romano-Byzantine precedents for the design are expressed in the basilica-like banking room. The fine materials, rich and varied finishes, and allegorical referents create an interior in which thrift is celebrated as a virtue and practiced as a ritual.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
The land that was Robert Murray’s 18th-century country estate became one of the city’s premier residential districts. Primarily constructed between 1853 and the 1920s, the neighborhood’s buildings consist of row houses built in the Italianate and Second Empire styles as well as three apartment buildings,...Explore the Neighborhood >
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Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
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Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
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Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society
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