The above pictures (thanks to Google) are of The Howard Savings Institution bank in Newark, New Jersey. I’m guessing that these pictures are from the early 1900’s ! The Howard Savings Institution received its charter in 1857 and met its demise in Oct 1992. (That’s a whole other post). I worked at the Howard in the mortgage department from Feb 1960 until Feb 1964.
Last weekend I was in Newark and I took the following pictures of what this once beautiful and stately bank building looks like now… it’s very sad.
The next time I go back to Newark I think I’ll go inside the store that’s there now and see if any remnants of the inside of the bank remain ! I think not though.
Wandering a little further down Broad Street we come to the National Newark & Essex bank building which is where my mother worked.
The following information was taken from an article on Google – “The beginning of the rebirth of the 744 Building, now referred to as the “National Newark Building” began in November 1997 when the Helmsley estate sold the 744 Broad Street building to Cogswell Realty Group, which announced that it would restore and reconstitute the building to its former glory.
The end result was a $55 million total renovation of the building and the integration of 21st century technologies that converted the building into an ideal and inviting modern office environment.
Among the new improvements were 1,500 new openable thermal windows, 15 high speed elevators, removal of the escalators, and the lobby given a complete facelift with restored 25 feet high plaster ceilings and grand chandeliers.
The classical style facade in the lobby was scrubbed and repainted and the art deco interior and giant mezzanine level murals restored.”
The restored building slowly has been regaining its earlier popularity and has been referred to as the “crown jewel of Newark’s renaissance.”
The article that I cited before also mentioned..”Among the new improvements were 1,500 new openable thermal windows, 15 high speed elevators, removal of the escalators, and the lobby given a complete facelift with restored 25 feet high plaster ceilings and grand chandeliers”.
I remember those chandeliers from my childhood when I used to visit the bank with my mother.
I’m also looking forward to doing future posts about more of the rebirth of my home town, Newark, New Jersey