Returning from the City of Brotherly Love, otherwise known affectionately as New York’s sixth borough, this week’s building is back in the Gotham I love; more specifically the land of Kings. Standing by itself at the crossroads of Brooklyn’s busiest intersection is the Williamsburgh (yes, with the “h”) Savings Bank Tower, or, as we have now come to know it, One Hanson Place.

When it was built in 1927, it was the tallest building on Long Island and still stands high above its immediate neighbors, serving as a geographic landmark for most of western Brooklyn. Its four-sided clock tower is still one of the tallest in the world, and after years without the faces being in sync, they’re finally all telling the same time. Unlike other clock towers, the gearing of each face is independent.

The bank commissioned the firm Halsey, McCormack and Helmer to build the office tower to serve as their new headquarters, as the original building at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge no longer fit their needs. Designed in an Art Deco Style with Byzantinesque and Romanesque motifs, the original building had a 63-foot-tall vaulted ceiling banking hall on the ground floor decorated with ornate mosaics and gold leaf constellations.

The floors are inlaid marble in a medieval Italian style and the windows contain vinettes of figures in their wrought iron frames. The far end of the hall has a large mosaic panel with an aerial view of Old Breuckelen. The masonry on the outside is also heavily decorated with animals and mythological figures. Squirrel’s storing nuts, wise owls, beehives and lion’s protecting locked chests are obvious analogies to the bank’s roll as a safe and secure storage for investment.

In 1977 the building and its ground floor interior were declared landmarks, meaning that no future modifications to the teller windows or any other of the interior features is permitted. It is said that the architects wanted the building to be seen as a cathedral dedicated to prosperity and thrift, and its rich ornamentation surely attests to its luxury. Presently, the building has been converted to luxury apartments by Magic Johnson’s development company and is unfortunately all sold out. The last remaining penthouse units were recently sold at auction for a reduction of greater than 50 percent. During the construction the photographer Nathan Kensinger slipped into the building and took some spectacular shots of the interior of the tower and the basement vault; check these out as well.