Jamaica Savings Bank Moves Across the Street

In my research about mid-century banks in Queens (specifically the Jamaica Savings Bank), I made a trip to the Long Island Division, which keeps the rare books and archives on Queens. And on my travels in downtown Queens I passed this building at 161-01 Jamaica Avenue.

Little did I know it was the central branch of the Jamaica Savings Bank I was on my way to research. This location was developed in 1963-64 and supposedly features some unique murals inside. In fact I also found this in the library archives.

This location is also directly across the street from a beautiful Beaux-Arts building that was a much early headquarters to the Jamaica Savings Bank. It has been largely empty since the bank moved into this more modern building.

 

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