In the 1956 Harrison & Abramovitz designed Socony-Mobil Building on East 42nd Street (just east of Madison) — formerly the only centrally air-conditioned building in the world and the first to be clad entirely in pleated stainless steel panels (and still the largest of that type in the world) — resides the disgraced Wells Fargo Bank company.
Disgraced, because for more than a decade, until 2015, in order to boost the bank’s stock price, Wells Fargo’s top executives pressured low-level employees to secretly create more than two million unauthorized and false checking and credit-card accounts. Guilty, fined 180 million dollars.
Disgraced a second timefour because of ‘fraudulent’ loans and sales. Guilty again, fined 1 Billion dollars.
A kind of unruly, wild west barroom type of scofflaw, Wells Fargo appears to be.
Anyway, in the lobby of this super New York skyscraper is, appropriately, a Wells Fargo stagecoach — an original, the real thing — in blood red livery with olive green velvet/velour upholstery, minus the dust and the four horses that pulled it, and the driver and shotgun escort — Wyatt Earp was one of them, and maybe escorted this very coach.
For those to whom a Wells Fargo stage coach symbolizes the wild west and its Indian wars, this is a must see.