Former Mechanics and Traders Bank

144 Franklin Street
Alonzo B. Jones
ca. 1895

This Renaissance Revival structure features a rich texture comprised of rough-cut brownstone at the base and brick and red terra-cotta on the upper floors. Its bays consist of impressively-scaled arches separated by equally monumental pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Separating the arched bays from the bracketed cornice is an ornate frieze. Attention is drawn to the Greenpoint Avenue façade, whose central bay is flanked by oval windows that further accentuate the building’s Renaissance inspiration. The Former Mechanics and Traders Bank is located within the Greenpoint Historic District, and the State and National Register Historic District boundaries.