Harlem Savings Bank, Inwood, NYC


This restrained bank on upper Broadway was built in 1948 for the Harlem Savings Bank by Halsey, McCormack and Helmer. The firm was well-known for their bank architecture, most of it from earlier eras, such as the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank, although some later examples can be found such as this one. Their later banks tend to exhibit a stripped-down classical aesthetic and the Harlem Savings Bank is no exception. Details such as the monumental door surround, stylized clock above the entrance, and simple wall reliefs on the facade were used to maintain the sense of grandeur and stability that were so necessary for financial institutions.


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