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Former Bowery Savings Bank

A Stanford White Masterpiece

 

— 130 Bowery —

 
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
1. Former Bowery Savings Bank Marker
Inscription.  “Its Imperial Roman temple front became the standard for civic buildings in the United States.”
-Samuel G. and Elizabeth White, McKim, Mead, and White: The Masterworks”

You are standing at the Bowery Savings Bank, designed in 1894 by Stanford White of the famed architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White. This monumental Classical Revival bank is one of the first buildings to herald the new classicism popularized by Chicago’s 1893 World Colombian Exposition. Unable to secure the adjacent corner lot on Grand Street, it was designed L-shaped fashion, with ornate entrances on both Streets.

The Indiana Limestone and granite bank features a neo-Roman temple frontage on Bowery with massive Corinthian columns and a triumphal arch with deep, coffered barrel vault. The central pediment’s clock is flanked by reclining classical figures and lions. The Grand Street façade has a sculpted pediment raised on Corinthian columns. Pediment sculptures are by Frederick MacMonnies, the Beaux Art sculptor used by White for many of his buildings.

- Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
2. Inset
Stanford White (1853-1906)
Neighbors
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.129′ N, 73° 59.691′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Grand Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 Bowery, New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Beaux Arts Bank To Bananas (a few steps from this marker); Bowery Savings Bank (a few steps from this marker); Anti-Slavery Work In Federal Era Houses (a few steps from this marker); Italian Theatre & Triple-Jointed Wonders (within shouting distance of this marker); NYC's Oldest Operating Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Man Survives Leap From Brooklyn Bridge! (within shouting distance of this marker); Faerman’s Cash Registers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ghosts And Occasional Mayhem (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
 
Former Bowery Savings Bank image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 25, 2016
3. Former Bowery Savings Bank
The Bowery neo-Roman temple frontage
Former Bowery Savings Bank image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, June 25, 2016
4. Former Bowery Savings Bank
The Grand Street sculpted pediment raised on Corinthian columns
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
5. Inset
Interior details
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By Larry Gertner, July 22, 2016
6. Inset
Exterior details
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 22, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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