Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower – Tourist Attractions in New York City

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower in NYC, New York, USA

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Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

India Cricket Live The Williamsburgh Savings Bank or One Hanson Place is the tallest building in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City and a familiar Brooklyn landmark.
At 34 stories and 512 feet (156 m) tall, it is also the second tallest building on Long Island, and is among the tallest four-sided clock towers in the world. Built in 1927 by the architectural firm Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, it is located at 1 Hanson Place, at the corner of Ashland Place, near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, across from Atlantic Terminal Mall. Despite the name it stands in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn rather than Williamsburg.
Originally the building was owned by the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, then later its parent, Republic National Bank, then, via a merger, HSBC. For years the building contained offices, notably dentists’ offices; the Daily News once called it ‘The Mecca of Dentistry’. Now HSBC has relocated across the street to 118 Flatbush Avenue. As of early 2006, Magic Johnson is converting the building to luxury condominiums.
The building is sometimes called “Willie” or “the Willie”, short for its bank namesake. As a 1920s skyscraper comparable to those in Manhattan, but standing alone, it has been the subject of speculation and urban legends. It features a gilded copper dome; a (now closed) public observation deck with breathtaking, unobstructed views; carved lions, turtles and birds on the exterior; and a marble banking hall on the ground floor with 63-foot vaulted ceilings, 40-foot windows and elaborate mosaics.


Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, Brooklyn, New York City

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