There were five landmarks designated in Brooklyn in 2015 and now the borough has its first of 2016. The East New York Savings Bank, Parkway Branch building at 1117 Eastern Parkway (a.k.a. 1123A Eastern Parkway) was designated an individual landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday.
Located at the corner of Eastern Parkway (which is itself a scenic landmark) and Utica Avenue, the bank building was constructed between 1927 and 1928. It was designed by the firm of Holmes & Winslow, which specialized in bank buildings. It was described by the LPC research department as having a “fortress-like quality.”
Architectural sculptor Rene Chambellan created the bronze doors that face Eastern Parkway, which incorporate stylized figures accompanied by traditional symbols of abundance and ambition. The building’s monumental arch has medieval details.
“For decades, this impressive building housed an institution that was instrumental in the development of our city,” said LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan in a statement. “The building’s striking, monumental qualities coupled with its corner location on Eastern Parkway, a prominent boulevard in the Borough, make the East New York Savings Bank building a commanding neighborhood landmark. Today we are proud to give it the protection it deserves.”
The vote to designate was unanimous, and also happens to be the first designation of the year, in any borough.
Prior to that vote, the commission voted to calendar designation of the Empire State Dairy Co. Building and Complex (later the Borden Dairy Corp.) at 2840-2858 Atlantic Avenue (a.k.a. 181-185 Schenck Avenue). The complex was designed by architects Theobald Engelhardt and Otto Strack and built between 1906 and 1907 and between 1914 and 1915. It features polychrome ceramic tile mosaics.
Srinivasan was happy to see it added to the calendar, as one of the few surviving easily recognizable industrial buildings in East New York.
The LPC research department said designation would complement the rezoning of the neighborhood. The commission will take up designation of the structure in July.