When this bank was built in 1952, it was seen as cutting edge, modern and quite unique. It’s hard to believe that it is now sixty-three years old. It’s held up well, especially considering that modern architecture, and by “modern” I mean the bold, space age architecture of the 1950s, is now certifiably old enough to be antique. That’s right – this building and the original suburban ranch house have been around long enough to be classified as “old buildings,” eligible for landmarking and other perks that one would think would only be designated for something built during the Art Deco period or before.
Excluding Staten Island, because of its isolation, Queens was the last borough to really be developed, and much of that didn’t happen until the mid-20th century. Consequently, the borough has a rich history of Mid-Century Modern and International Style architectural endeavors. This bank building is one of the best. The Queens Chamber of Commerce thought so too, and in December of 1952, awarded the building with a first prize bronze plaque for “excellence in design and civic value.” (more…)