Monday, November 17, 2014


A photo from 1931 shows the corner storefronts at Broadway and 125th Street which used to house the  West Harlem branch of the Corn Exchange Bank.  As one can see on the lower image, these commercial buildings have recently been demolished to make way for the new Columbia University campus in this part of town.  Now that the first building has arrived, we at least think it balances out some of the more banal taller structures built in the area during the mid century but wish the planners could have been more ambitious with the new designs.  As for the former main branch of the Corn Exchange Bank, that building should be fully restored by Springtime over on East 125th Street: LINK

Archival photo courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

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