Petition to Landmark the Flatbush Savings Bank
The beautiful, historic nature of many of the buildings in our neighborhood is one reason why so many people love living here. But we recently found out that one such structure is at risk of being torn down. The Classical bank building at 1045 Flatbush Avenue is an important contributor to the area's historic character, opened in 1927 to serve the growing and vibrant Flatbush community, it is a striking Italian Renaissance bank that passerbys often stop and admire. The architects were Halsey, McCormack & Helmer, look them up!
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But despite the historic significance of this building balancing this block of Flatbush Avenue longer than the historic landmark Kings Theatre to the north like a companion bookend of architectural majesty, unfortunately, it is not protected. That's why we are calling upon the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to consider the building for designation as an individual New York City landmark.
The LPC promised in 2018 that they were studying the architectural resources of Flatbush, naturally with the intent to move forward on landmarking a number of individual properties, of which there are a number of worthy candidates in the neighborhood. Instead, they allowed the century old Baptist Church of the Redeemer on Cortelyou Road to be demolished and have so far refused to act on the Flatbush Presbyterian Church on East 21st Street, among many others.
Especially given the real demolition threat facing the Flatbush Savings Bank, we must rally together to urge LPC to help us save 1045 Flatbush Avenue, and in doing so, save a bit of our neighborhood history for future generations.
Show your support to landmark the Flatbush Savings Bank today by signing our petition.
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