100th Post! – Jamaica Savings Bank, Elmhurst, NYC

For my 100th post, I am featuring the building that got it all started. This bank was built from 1966-1968 as a Jamaica Savings Bank branch at a prominent intersection on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst. It was designed by William F. Cann Company, a subset of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America, a prolific and nationwide designer of bank structures. In 2005, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building. However, after a short battle, the city council overturned the designation deeming the building ugly and unworthy of being a landmark. It is actions like these that illustrate the uphill battle that we face in preserving many modern buildings. Sorry for the lack of photos. For better images go here and for the designation report go here.

Side elevation

Jamaica Savings Bank at night

Original image of Jamaica Savings Bank including vertical signage

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