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Preserve The Provident Loan Society Building on Houston and Essex

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For over a century, The Provident Loan Society building on the corner of Essex and East Houston Streets has helped define the Lower East Side's physical identity. Recognizable for it's bold, civic style, the Provident Loan building is currently sitting vacant, without formal Landmark protection.

We believe that a case should be made to protect this building, rich with architectural and cultural history that can help define the Lower East Side's changing identity for future generations.

Beyond it's nearly-intact Neo-classical charm, 223-225 East Houston Street is a relic of our city's complex socio-economic history. Provident Loan was founded in the wake of the Panic of 1893 as a not-for-profit lending institution much like a pawn shop. New York's poorer neighborhoods turned to their Provident Loan branch to get a fair loan on their valuables, providing some extra cash during tough times. At their height, The Provident Loan Society had over a dozen beautiful, neoclassical branches. Now there are just a few left, and none as intact as the Essex and Houston location.

After Provident Loan packed up and left in the 1960's, the building became the home and studio of American Artist Jasper Johns, the expressionist artist famous for his painting, "Flag." In recent years, the building has been used as a nightclub, following with the trends of the area and adapting itself to the environment around it.

Now, as it sits vacant, partial or total demolition may be around the corner. By signing your name, you are helping us send a clear message: this building should continue to define the identity of the Lower East Side.

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