David Sundman forwarded this New York Times article about old bank buildings. Thanks. See the caption on the photo and look closely - there
are medallions of dimes atop the columns. -Editor
The fate of the soaring, palatial and utterly impractical Dime Savings Bank in Downtown Brooklyn was inevitable.
The 16,750-square-foot, 40-foot-tall chamber, with seven kinds of marble flooring, a vaulted-tile dome and Corinthian columns, closed in 2016, a
victim of automated tellers and digital payments. Its last full-time tenant, Chase Bank, moved into a squat storefront across the street, about
one-tenth the size.
The bank's second act is more surprising: It will become part of Brooklyn's tallest skyscraper, 9 DeKalb, a 1,066-foot luxury apartment building
with retail at its base. The landmark Beaux-Arts interior will be transformed into a flagship store, and the roof will become an outdoor lounge with
a pool that wraps around an ornate Guastavino dome. The marble and pink granite facade will be fused on one side to a slender glass-and-steel tower
designed by SHoP Architects, which will have about 425 rentals and 150 condo apartments.
In Chelsea, the 1897 New York Savings Bank became a carpet store in the late 1980s, a gourmet grocer in the mid-2000s, and is now a very stately
CVS pharmacy. The 1906 Williamsburg Trust Company, an imposing temple to commerce at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, became a Ukrainian Orthodox
Church in the 1960s. Until last year, the former Corn Exchange Bank on 42nd Street housed Show World Center, an adult-entertainment relic from the
old Times Square. Now it is becoming offices.
To read the complete article, see:
Historic Bank Buildings
Get a Second Act (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/realestate/historic-bank-buildings-get-a-second-act.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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