Mitsui Bank, Nihonbashi, c. 1905
Nihonbashi District, c. 1910-1930
“[The new Mitsui Bank] building will easily take its place as the finest in Asia, comparing favorably with the largest buildings in the world. It will be of steel and reinforced concrete faced with Japanese granite, thoroughly fire and earthquake proof throughout.
“… It will face three streets, having sixteen enormous fluted Corinthian coluns 76 feet high on the main front and eight columns of the same dimensions on each side … The basements will be devoted entirely to an enormous system of safe deposit vaults of the latest and most approved model. Over 10,000 boxes will be installed for the safe custody of the Mitsui papers and for the use of their customers.
“The proposed building was designed by Trowbridge and Livingston of New York, one of the best known firms of American architects who have distinguished themselves by designing other great edifices in America and Europe, such as the Bankers’ Trust Building in New York, the New York Stock Exchange, St. Regis Hotel, the Palace Hotel of San Francisco, and the Mellon National Bank of Pittsburgh.”
– “Mitsui:: Where Business is Humanity”, The Far Eastern Review, June-July 1925