AKA: United Central Bank Building, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1957

6 stories, total floor area: 121,542 sq. ft.

2975 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1116

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This office building had a modest scale but a decidedly Modern design, stressing verticality. It possessed a reinforced concrete frame and a cubic shape, its exterior free of any ornamentation. In design, it resembled the highly influential New York Daily News Building (1929) by Raymond Hood. The Hood building shared the light continuous pilasters separating windows with dark spandrels (that visually recede) in between. In 2012, the United Central Bank, Farmers Insurance and Calstone University occupied space in the office building at 2975 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. The United Central Bank, formed in 1987, was based in Garland, TX and maintained 29 branches spread out in 8 states; it operated its Wilshire Banking Center in Suite #110 of the building. The roof top had a penthouse story, its perimeter set back from the main parapet. A multi-story parking garage facing South Virgil Avenue stood to the north of 2975 Wilshire Tower.

Los Angeles County Assessor Number: 5077007020

PCAD id: 17953