Photo of the Week: The Williamsburgh Savings Bank

Exterior views - construction view 13, 1928, 2006.001.1.013; Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building photographs and architectural drawings, ARC.116. Brooklyn Historical Society. Donated by HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

In September 1928, only the finishing touches remained in the construction of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Building at One Hanson Place. Taken from the south, this photograph shows the new tower rising above street traffic below, including the BMT Fifth Avenue Elevated Railway station at Atlantic Avenue. The following January, soon after its iconic clock tower was completed, the bank’s headquarters and branch lobby opened to the public. The tower would remain the tallest structure in Brooklyn until 2009, when it was overtaken by a condominium.

Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection contains the building’s construction from start to finish, vault use, bank workers and patrons, and holiday decorations throughout the Bank’s history.  Visit the onlineimagegallery to see the entire collection.  BHS also has the architectural drawings, which may be viewed by appointment at the library during research hours.

Interested in seeing more photographs from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery which includes a selection of our images.  To search our entire collection of images, visit BHS Othmer Library Wed-Fri 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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