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Whitney National Bank

 
 
Whitney National Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
1. Whitney National Bank Marker
Inscription.

Erected 1888
Sully and Toledano, Architects

The main office of this Bank,
organized November 5, 1883,
was located in this red granite building
from 1888 until its adjacent building
was erected in 1911.

The newer building was designed by
Clinton and Russell, Architects of
New York and Emile Weil, Architect of
New Orleans, and built by George Glover, Contractor.

 
Erected by Orleans Parish Landmark Commission.
 
Location. 29° 57.075′ N, 90° 4.154′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is on Gravier Street west of Camp Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is a metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just right of the main entrance doorway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 619 Gravier Street, New Orleans LA 70130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bank of Louisiana in New Orleans (within shouting distance of this marker); 114 Magazine Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the St. Charles Theaters (about 600
Whitney National Bank Marker (<i>1888 bank building; tall view; marker visible right of door</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
2. Whitney National Bank Marker (1888 bank building; tall view; marker visible right of door)
feet away); Bank’s Arcade (about 700 feet away); United States Customhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Canal Street Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Birthplace of “Dixie” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafayette Square (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
 
Also see . . .
1. In the late 1800s, the Gulf Coast and two new banks were booming.
South Mississippians looked to Hancock Bank to help manage prosperity created by agriculture, seafood, timber and tourism. Sixty miles to the west, New Orleans and Whitney Bank thrived in the wake of the World Cotton Expo. For over a hundred years, Hancock and Whitney grew with and because of the people and places of the Gulf South. As the banks expanded into new towns and cities, they quickly became trusted, reliable business and community partners. Many smaller regional banks became part of Hancock and Whitney over the years; and, in December 2010, Hancock and Whitney came together. (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Face of New Orleans: The history of the Whitney Bank clock.
In the days before atomic clocks
Whitney National Bank Marker (<i>1888 bank building; wide view; marker visible right of door</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
3. Whitney National Bank Marker (1888 bank building; wide view; marker visible right of door)
and cellphones in every pocket, people needed reliable clocks by which to set their less-reliable wristwatches, which required periodic winding and often "lost" a minute or two here and there. So, as a public service -- and to project an image of precision, dependability and wealth -- it became common for banks to install ornate timepieces in front of their buildings. In 1926, New Orleans' Whitney National Bank -- which had been founded in 1883 -- debuted just such a clock, featuring a reproduction of the Westminster Abbey's master chimes in London, at its main office on St. Charles Avenue and, soon enough, at its eight branch locations. The Whitney clocks have been helping New Orleans keep time ever since. (Submitted on June 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Whitney National Bank (<i>1911 bank building; corner view; 1/2 block east of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
4. Whitney National Bank (1911 bank building; corner view; 1/2 block east of marker)
Whitney National Bank (<i>1911 bank building; Gravier Street entrance; east of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
5. Whitney National Bank (1911 bank building; Gravier Street entrance; east of marker)
Whitney National Bank (<i>1911 bank building; street clock</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
6. Whitney National Bank (1911 bank building; street clock)
Whitney National Bank (<i>Poydras Street Branch - clock and beaux arts-style ornamentation</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2018
7. Whitney National Bank (Poydras Street Branch - clock and beaux arts-style ornamentation)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on June 9, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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