8. The Jamaica Savings Bank highlights the influence of Modernism in the 1960s

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Parallel view of the Jamaica Savings Bank building along Queens Boulevard

Architectural firms were looking to promote the borough of Queens to tourists who were visiting the World’s Fair in 1964 by designing buildings with a distinct format. The Modernist-style Jamaica Savings Bank is a “relic of jet-age design” and is constructed with sharp, wing-like structures on its copper roof.

It was built between 1966 and 1968 and was designed by architect William Cann. Despite it being a recognized landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York City Council voted to overturn its designation in 2005. The building now houses one of the Elmhurst branches of Capital One Bank.