The Spring, formerly the East River Savings Bank building, at 225 Lafayette Street, was built in 1927 to the design of Cass Gilbert. The 14-story building has a three-story limestone base with very tall colonnades on both Lafayette and Spring Streets. Its corner is chamfered. The beige-brick building has a nice deep cornice and stringcourses at the third, fourth and 12th floors.
On the seventh floor in the late 1940s and '50s were the offices of EC Comics, whose horror comics like Tales From the Crypt were the focus of the comic book panic of the mid-'50s. EC also originated Mad magazine here. The former bank was converted to residences in 2004 by Africa Israel Investments.