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That’s the 1904 Knickerbocker* Trust headquarters, at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. Like most banks of the beginning of the twentieth century, it was not very big, and in this photo is dwarfed by the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel** behind it. This may seem like an example of showing off your wealth by building small but …

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That rather sober office building is the 1872 Drexel Building at the southeast corner of Wall and Broad Streets, as seen around 1905. When completed, its six stories made it one of the larger buildings on Wall Street, which was a deliberate statement by its owner and main tenant, Drexel, Morgan & Co. Having the …

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