The design of the Central Savings Bank is six stories high including the monumental story of the banking room, and it is faced with exceptionally handsome blocks of rusticated limestone. As a freestanding building, it is visible from all four sides, and three sides are accented by the tall arched windows which light the main banking room. The Central Savings Bank is one of the outstanding neo-Italian Renaissance buildings in New York City. It is exceptionally well adapted to the shape of its site. Its dignified exterior and great windows are expressive of the bank for which it was built.
The architects demonstrated their appreciation for the organization that characterizes Beaux-Arts planning in their adaptation of the Central Savings Bank’s great banking hall and its accessory spaces entrance vestibules, foyer, stairways, and mezzanine passages and loggia, to the bank’s irregular four-sided site. The Central Savings Bank’s interior displays the architects’ skill in manipulating scale to create effective transitions between successive spaces.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
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