In 1931, to commemorate the opening of the National Newark and Essex Banking Company’s new Art Deco tower they published a booklet. Designed by the renowned architects, John H. and Wilson C. Ely, 744 Broad Street heralded the success of the bank, which had been founded in 1804. The main banking floor, which was located on the mezzanine level, was accessed by a grand marble staircase. The banking floor was adorned with 10 murals by J. Monroe Hewitt, assisted by Charles Gulbrandson, which told the story of bank’s historic past and Newark’s great industries. The building was a beacon of hope for a country slipping ever deeper into the Great Depression. I’ll let the booklet tell its own story.