Luminous Glassy Medical Building Rises Where Historic East New York Bank Once Stood

Rendering of 101 Pennsylvania Avenue via 101penn.com

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The modern medical building rising at the corner of Atlantic and Pennsylvania avenues is a beaut — all angled glass with illuminated super graphics and geometric detail. The structure is much more than the typical generic office box.

Its good-looking design is especially heartening as the building is replacing one of East New York’s most significant historic buildings, the East New York Savings Bank. Designed by Richard Upjohn Jr., it was demolished last year.

(Incidentally, the address has changed. The old building’s address was 91 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new building’s address will be 101 Pennsylvania Avenue.)

What do you think of the rendering? Read on for more details and photos.

East New York Savings Bank

Detail of rendering posted on construction fence at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

The new medical building will likely have outpatient or diagnostic facilities.

Permits filed last year for 101 Pennsylvania Avenue call for a seven-story structure with 121,000 square feet of space and 153 parking spots. The building will house “ambulatory diagnostic or treatment health care facilities,” according to schedule A filings.

The design is visually sophisticated.

Designed by Udo Maron of Array Architects (a firm specializing in medical buildings), the new building will have a windowed ground floor topped by three stories of what appears to be white fritted glass (aka glass painted to act as a sun screen) and then another three floors of clear windows set back from Pennsylvania Avenue.

The facade has alternating concave and convex forms — creating an angular ripple effect that gives the impression of movement and emphasizes that important corner at the intersection of the two streets.

Slightly further down Pennsylvania — beneath a three-story-tall illuminated “101”– is what looks like a driveway for the building’s parking area or patient drop-off.

By the way, women and minority-owned businesses are being asked to participate in the bidding process for the interior buildout of 101 Penn, according to the building’s website. Construction has already started, a visit to the site revealed.

Read on for more info on the East New York Savings Bank and to see current construction photos of the site.

East New York Savings Bank

1938 photo of East New York Savings Bank via East New York Project

The historic East New York Savings Bank was built in 1889.

A four-story Renaissance Revival structure, the bank took up much of a big block in the neighborhood’s most important intersection. The bank’s lovely columned entrance was added around 1917.

The building at 91 Pennsylvania Avenue remained a bank for most of its existence, with the public branch below and offices above. After a business merger in 1997, the bank’s back offices eventually gave way to dentists, accountants, and other professionals.

The 34,000-square-foot structure last changed hands for $5,500,000 in 2005, according to public records. It was bought by Jonas Rudofsky of real estate firm Squarefeet.com, according to permits.

Its threatened demolition, and Brownstoner’s coverage of it, sparked a protest movement to save it and other historic structures in the area.

When Brownstoner historian Suzanne Spellen wrote about the building in 2014, only the ground floor bank was still occupied. The rest was boarded up.

But soon enough, the corner will once more be buzzing with neighborhood activity.

What do you think of the new building design?

East new York Savings Bank Development

Photo of the former East New York Savings Bank by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

East New York Savings Bank Development

101 Pennsylvania Avenue under construction. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

East New York Savings Bank Development

101 Pennsylvania Avenue under construction. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

East New York Savings Bank Development

101 Pennsylvania Avenue under construction. Photo by Edrei Rodriguez

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