IN NEW YORK CITY
Designed by the architectural firm of Cross & Cross in the restrained style once known as “Modern Classic,” Twenty Exchange Place was completed in 1931.
It was built to be the Wall Street headquarters of the City Bank Farmers Trust Company, which would become one of the world’s largest banking institutions – CitiBank.
This stone-clad icon is among New York’s tallest buildings and is one of the most prominent features of the lower Manhattan skyline. The steel-framed tower is sheathed in Granite and Limestone, making it, at the time of completion, the World’s tallest building with a stone-faced façade and one of the era’s most noteworthy skyscrapers.
Giant piers rise to freestanding heroic figures said to represent the giants of finance.
The main entrance is distinguished by a dramatic round arch and is surrounded by 11 coins of carved granite that represented the many countries in which the institution had offices. Decorative doors of Nickel Silver, with Bronze trim and a variety of cast and carved forms, designed by the British sculptor David Evans, adorn the lower floors.
Its glorious banking halls and superb Art Deco details remain intact. Twenty Exchange is one of New York’s most important landmarks.