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Landmarks Approves Plans to Replace 60-Year-Old Brooklyn Borough Hall Bank

June 25, 2019

The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved demolition of the building, previously the Lafayette National Bank, located at 200 Montague Street in the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District. The 2-story building was designed by Philip Birnbaum (1907–1996) in 1959. Between 1967 and 1968, two new stories were added and it was used as a bank until the 1990s. The LPC classified the building as “altered modern” in 2011 after its curtain wall collapsed in 2006 and was replaced with a more contemporary version of the original.

The applicant’s architects, Beyer Blinder Belle first proposed a 215-foot, 20-story building replacement at a public hearing on March 5. Commissioners commented that the existing structure is an important 1960s design and opposed the demolition. John Arbuckle, President of DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State, testified on behalf of the organization in favor of preserving the structure at the March 5th hearing. View the letter here. 

On May 21, revised plans were presented to the Commission that showed a change in facade materials and details while maintaining the height. After a 7 to 2 vote, the proposal was approved.

“Landmarks Approves Plans to Replace 60-Year-Old Brooklyn Borough Hall Bank,” CityLand, The Center for New York City Law, June 10, 2019.

200 Montague Street, Philip Birnbaum, 1959–1960 and 1967–1968. Photo by Lore Croghan and courtesy Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rendering of proposed 20-story building at 200 Montague Street. Courtesy: Beyer Blinder Belle.