108-36 Queens Boulevard

Theobald H. Engelhardt, 1944-46
Mural: Richard Haas, 1989

Though this bank building is fairly undistinguished and much changed since its construction, it is well worth a visit. The building originally housed the Stratton Restaurant & Bar, which was replaced in 1986 with the Home Savings Bank of America. The bank commissioned a quirky detail for the curving façade during its tenure: a mosaic tile mural depicting Forest Hills, with Station Square in the foreground, Queens Boulevard in the middle ground and Manhattan’s skyline in the distant background. Also enclosed within its gold-tile border are boxes depicting some of the area’s distinctive architecture. The mural displays charming community pride in both Forest Hills and its broader urban locale.