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Casting At The Cast Iron Bank:

From Tellers to Cockettes

 

— 330 Bowery —

 
Casting At The Cast Iron Bank: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 17, 2016
1. Casting At The Cast Iron Bank: Marker
Inscription.  The Bond Street Savings Bank, completed in 1874, became known as the German Exchange Bank by 1879, catering to a growing German population in this area, which became known as Kleinedeutschland (Little Germany). Although the facades of this Italianate style building are all cast iron, the intended impression is of a great stone structure with Ionic columns, ornamental pediments, corners braced by quoining and cornices on every floor.

In 1963, Honey Waldman and Bruce Becker converted the bank into the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, opening with Frank Langella in Andre Gide’s The Immortalist. Later productions included The Palm Casino Review, with members of the Cockettes, and Dames at Sea, which made Bernadette Peters a star.

From 1974 to 2006, this was home to the Obie Award-winning Jean Cocteau Repertory Company, whose over 200 productions included premieres of the Bentley/Milhaud version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Something Cloudy, Something Clear, Tennessee Williams' last play to premiere in NYC during his lifetime.

A NYC landmark, in 2007 it was converted to retail spaces and
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 17, 2016
2. Inset
A cast-iron faux stone detail
condominiums.

-Mitchell Grubler, Landmarks Committee Chair, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
 
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
 
Location. 40° 43.551′ N, 73° 59.532′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Bowery and Bond Street, on the left when traveling south on Bowery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 330 Bowery, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bouwerie Lane Theater (here, next to this marker); Tin Palace Jazz Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Secret Cemetery Secret Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Then You Saw It/Now You Don’t (within shouting distance of this marker); World’s Smallest Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander’s Musee (within shouting distance of this marker); CBGB (within shouting distance of this marker); Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.
 
Regarding Casting At The Cast Iron Bank:. The building is listed in the "AIA (American Institute of Architects) Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition".
 
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Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 17, 2016
3. Inset
Tennessee Williams and Jean Cocteau Rep founder Eve Adamson
Bond Street Savings Bank as home to the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, October 2000 image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, October 2000
4. Bond Street Savings Bank as home to the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, October 2000
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 17, 2016
5. Inset
Roberta Peters, 1963
The Bond Street Savings Bank site as home to condominiums and boutiques image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 15, 2016
6. The Bond Street Savings Bank site as home to condominiums and boutiques
Art loses out to lucre again.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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