Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings)

Designers: Sarmiento, W. A., Architect (firm); Starkman, Maxwell and Associates (firm); Wenceslao A. Sarmiento (architect); Maxwell Starkman (architect)

Dates: constructed 1959

401 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203-2305

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Peruvian-born architect Wenceslao A. Sarmiento (born 1922), a specialist in Modern bank design, designed this bank for Glendale Savings and Loan. The American Institute of Architects, Pasadena and Foothill Chapter, stated of the building in 2005: "In 1958, W.A. Sarmiento was commissioned by Glendale Federal Savings and Loan to design a new headquarters building that was modern and completely different from any other building around1. There were three requirements: It must be (a) modern and completely different from any other building around; (b) protected against the harsh Southern California sun, and (c) compliant with a new fire code requiring that stair towers be separated from the main building." (See "Heritage Recognition Award 2005: Glendale Federal Savings and Loan Complex,"Accessed 04/11/2012.)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pasadena and Foothill Chapter, awarded the Glendale Federal Savings and Loan Building its Heritage Recognition Award in 2005.

Architect Maxwell A. Starkman produced a design for an addition in 1962 that doubled the size of the office building and harmonized with Sarmiento's original design.

The building's annex, built in the early 1960s and designed to closely complement the building, is now threatened with significant alteration as part of a plan to redevelop the annex into condominiums. The Glendale City Council will hold a hearing regarding the annex." email from Cindy Olnick, LA Conservancy MODCOM, 01/24/2004, topic line:"Modcom Outreach Mtg Change; Johnie's Broiler; Glendale Fed Hearing')

PCAD id: 1508