Williamsburgh Savings Bank – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

175 Broadway

ARCHITECT: George B. Post

DATE: 1875

STYLE: Italian Renaissance

Brooklyn Italian Renaissance Williamsburg

Designated May 17, 1966

An imposing building of monumental proportions, this bank with its dome and handsome lantern impresses one with its massive strength and quiet dignity. Classic Revival in style, this four story building of limestone, sandstone and marble contains a wealth of architectural detail and ornament. The Williamsburgh Savings Bank is an unusual domed structure, with many diverse architectural elements in its composition.

Interior: Inspired by Renaissance models, the centrally-planned, domed banking room is a precursor to the temple banking halls which came into vogue in the period following the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. A rare intact example of a mid-nineteenth century ornamentation scheme, the banking hall features a mixture of Renaissance and Neo-Grec motifs and contains an abundance of rich materials and elaborate polychromy. Dominating the space is the soaring cast-iron dome which rises 110 feet above the banking floor and is capped by a beautiful painted vault with an unusual abstract design.

*Excerpt from the Landmarks Preservation Commission designation report

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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