In the early 20th century, this block of Montague Street between Clinton and Court streets was a bustling real estate and insurance district. Today, many of the older buildings are gone but the strip is still dominated by banks and lending institutions.
Check out these vintage postcards of the block courtesy of Brownstoner reader Andrew Porter — and get a blast from the past.
The image at top is looking west down Montague from Court Street. You might not recognize the strip today except for the pointed roof of 166 Montague (directly beneath “Estate”), the former Franklin Trust Building, which is now condos.
Below is the same block looking east — where just about the only remaining structure is the classical Greek-style People’s Trust Bank building at left.
The Art Deco 185 Montague Street wouldn’t rise on the other side of the bank until 1930.
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