About Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower
The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower at 1 Hanson Place is the second tallest building in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City and a familiar Brooklyn landmark: The AIA Guide to New York City says, "inadvertently, this was New York's most phallic symbol... dominating the landscape of all Brooklyn." At 37 stories and 512 feet (156 m) tall, it was the tallest and is still the third tallest building on Long Island, and is among the tallest four-sided clock towers in the world. Built in 1927 by the architectural firm Halsey, McCormack and Helmer, in a modernized (Art Deco) Byzantine Romanesque style, it is located at 1 Hanson Place, at the corner of Ashland Place, near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, across from Atlantic Terminal Mall. Despite the name it stands in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn rather than Williamsburg, spelled without the h, where the bank's original headquarters building by George B. Post still stands; the original building's landmark dome was applied as a cap, at the bank officers' insistence, over Helmer's protests, with the familiar phallic result.