With New York’s vast numbers of banks, it’s easy to forget that some of these structures have housed more than a century’s worth of banking transactions. And among these venerable old institutions, a handful stand out as truly, memorably beautiful.
Prior to 1930, banks were designed as free-standing, classical style buildings to convey financial stability and integrity, according to a 2005 report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Later bank structures adopted a greater range of styles, from Byzantine to Art Deco. Nowadays, banks adhere to a more branded, commercialized design, but many of the old buildings remain.
Here, we’ve rounded up the handful that still operate as banks. Know of a bank branch we missed? Be sure to let us know in the comments and we will possibly add it.