Public National Bank of New York Building

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

106 Avenue C

ARCHITECT: Eugene Schoen

DATE: 1923

STYLE: Modernism

East Village Manhattan Modernism

The Public National Bank of New York Building in the East Village is a highly unusual American structure displaying the direct influence of the early-twentieth-century Modernism of eminent Viennese architect/designer Josef Hoffmann.

The bank was designed by Eugene Schoen (1880-1957), an architect born in New York City of Hungarian Jewish descent, who graduated from Columbia University in 1902 and soon after traveled to Europe, meeting Otto Wagner and Hoffmann in Vienna. The entrance is surmounted by notable polychrome Viennese-inspired terra-cotta ornament in the form of a decorative band above which is a cartouche with a wreath of fruit (which originally held a clock) above an eagle, flanked by curvilinear forms and decorative urns.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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