AKA: Bank of American, Los Angeles Headquarters #1, Los Angeles, CA; Giannini Place, Los Angeles, CA

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

Designers: Morgan, Walls and Clements, Architects (firm); Stiles Oliver Clements (architect); Octavius Morgan (architect); Octavius Weller Morgan Sr. (architect); John A. Walls (architect)

Dates: constructed 1920-1922

South Olive Street and West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Building History

This building possessed the classical, templar characteristics that architects long used to dignify bank designs. The ancient imagery suggested stability and continuity and has been long been employed for banks in the U.S. This particular building featured a colonnade at its top, (a frequent stylistic feature) to provide extra visibility for the classical imagery. The sheer, blocky scale of this 12-story Bank of Italy was also meant to communicate power and continuity.

Building Notes

The rapidly-growing Bank of Italy (founded in San Francisco, CA, 10/17/1904) would merge with the Los Angeles, CA-based Bank of America in 1929.

PCAD id: 11280