The Key Bank Building


Squeezed between two skyscrapers is a small bank building, designed in 1924 by John Graham, Sr., who also designed the Exchange Building next door five years later. This was the last of the grand banking halls to be built along Second Avenue.

It has a Roman temple facade with four monumental fluted columns. This Neoclassical style was often used by banks to express their strength and reliability. Instead of stone, the reinforced concrete building is clad with glazed terra cotta colored and textured to look like granite.

Despite the building's relatively small size, its interior has an ornate banking hall with a large skylight, now restored. This has been used as a bank since it was first built for the Bank of California (later the Union Bank of California). That firm occupied the building until 1982 when it became the headquarters of Puget Sound Mutual Savings Bank, which later became part of Key Bank.

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