AKA: San Diego Trust & Savings Bank Building, San Diego, CA

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

Designers: Johnson, William Templeton, Architect (firm); William Templeton Johnson (architect)

Dates: constructed 1927-1928

540 Broadway
East Village, San Diego, CA 92101

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The San Diego Trust and Savings Bank Headquarters was located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Broadway.


The renowned San Diego architect, William Templeton Johnson (1877-1957), produced the design of this Mediterranean Revival/Romanesque Revival Style skyscraper that opened for business in 1928.

Building Notes

During its first five years, the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank Building operated a lighted beacon atop the bell tower located on its roof.

In 1942, the banks hierarchy consisted of: J.W. Sefton, Jr., President, E.F. Farnsworth, Vice-President, D.N. Millan, Vice-President, C.J. Thorsen, Vice-President/Trust Officer, and E.D. Clapp, Cashier. (See San Diego City Directory, 1942, p. 752.)

PCAD id: 2185