In the middle of the 19th century, Ireland suffered the Great Famine. New York became the home of the majority of the Irish seeking a better life. The Irish Emigrant Society, a charitable organization focused on assisting immigrants, inaugurated the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank in 1850 to protect the funds of Irish immigrants.

The Bank is Established

The Bank is Established1850

The Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank Building at 49 Chambers Street was the first skyscraper in New York City in the Beaux-Arts style, designed by Raymond F. Almirall. At 187 feet tall (57 meters) and 14 stories high, Almirall chose an H-shaped plan, which allows natural light to flood the rooms and from the outside gives the impression of a mirrored pair of towers.

49 chambers is built


Culturespaces, the European creator and manager behind the critically acclaimed ‘Atelier Des Lumières’ in Paris, announced a partnership with IMG, a global leader in events, media, fashion and sport, to create, open and run the Hall des Lumières digital art center in New York from the historic 49 Chambers Street.

a joint venture is established


The global architecture studio Woods Bagot, Culturespaces and IMG begin the retoration process for the bank hall.

restoration begins


Hall des Lumières is opening on September 14, 2022 with the inaugural exhibition Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.

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