Union Square Savings Bank, East Village, NYC


This building, on First Avenue just above 14th Street, was originally a Union Square Savings Bank. It had been vacant for several months and was recently refurbished into a Duane Reade drugstore. Duane Reade made minimal changes to the exterior, utilizing existing wall panels on the angled facade as sign boxes and covering the original exterior clock face with their logo. Otherwise the brick facade with metal accents and a simple decorative cornice remains the same. The bank was built in 1947 by Voorhees Walker Foley and Smith, architects of this now demolished building, and more well-known for their art deco towers designed by Ralph Walker.


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2 Responses to Union Square Savings Bank, East Village, NYC

  1. Douglas says:

    Mmm, I’d argue against this being Mod. With the angled walls and inlaid brick ornamentation, seems more like a minimalist Art Deco type storefront. Any ideas if those are the original windows? They don’t look it.

    • You make a good point, but it is late for Deco. I think Voorhees Walker was looking for a way to reconcile their popular Art Deco past (what they are really known for) with emerging minimalist modern design. As for the windows, the glass has definitely been replaced and I believe the larger storefront windows and frames are all new. The frames on the second floor may be original, but would most likely have originally been aluminum?

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