Preservation Issues

Brooklyn Has Two New Banking Landmarks

-181 Montague Street

-185 Montague Street

-177 Montague Street

January 2017

Brooklyn has two new landmarks on Montague Street after a Landmarks Preservation Commission vote held on January 24th. Located between Clinton and Court Streets on what is historically known as “Bank Row” for its population of banks and other financial services buildings erected to be in close proximity to Borough Hall, the People’s Trust Building (181 Montague Street) and the National Title Guaranty Company Building (185 Montague Street) join neighboring Brooklyn Trust Company Building (177 Montague Street) as landmarks that reflect Brooklyn’s important commercial history.

The People’s Trust Company Building was designed by Louis Mowbray and Justin Uffinger and completed in 1904. A classically-inspired building, it features a gleaming white marble façade with four imposing monolithic iconic columns supporting an opulently carved pediment with reclining allegorical figures representing “Industry” (male figure) and “Security” (female figure).

Next door, the National Title Guaranty Company Building was constructed in 1930 from designs by the architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray. It is one of the finest Art Deco style buildings in Brooklyn, capturing the essence of that fascinating period with its floral and mechanical carvings as well as the zig-zag massing of the base and the top.

Conservancy testimony given at the public hearing last November highlighted the buildings’ architectural and historic significance.