Most Beautiful Bank (2008)


You may not believe me, but long ago, banks tried to attract customers rather than scare them away. And their buildings, like Renaissance cathedrals, were designed to awe the rabble that swarmed around them. Even today, banking at HSBC BANK in Williamsburg is like an act of religious devotion, since the public lobby is located directly under the great dome—you'll be tempted to mutter a prayer as you fumble for your bank card. Originally, Williamsburgh Savings Bank; built 1875, George B. Post, architect.


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