National City Bank Building Interior

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

55 Wall Street

ARCHITECT: Isaiah Rogers

DATE: 1836-41

STYLE: Roman

Financial District Manhattan Roman

The National City Bank’s president, James Stillman wanted an impressive banking hall as the symbol for his bank which was, at the time, the most important financial institution in the country. The bank interior was designed to suggest a classical Roman hall on a grand scale. The monumental Corinthian columns support an elegant entablature, the huge barrel vaults, and the tall, arched windows with the delicate balconies which traverse them. The elegant materials and fine details show the mastery that that the architects achieved. Fine proportions and elegant details are combined here to form one of New York’s grandest interior spaces.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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