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

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

Dates: constructed 1925-1926

12 stories

South Hill Street and West 9th Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Northwest corner of South Hill Street & West 9th Street.

The Los Angeles architectural firm of Morgan, Walls and Clements (and its predecessor firms) produced a significant number of bank designs before World War II in Southern CA. It produced this design for the Farmers and Merchants Bank (Morgan and Walls, 1905), the Bank of Italy Los Angeles Headquarters (1920-1922), and several branches for the latter. It also produced this skyscraper for the Pacific National Bank in 03/1925, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: ""Bids are to be received next week for the erection of a height-limit bank building on the northwest corner of Ninth and Hill Streets for the Pacific National Bank, it was announced yesterday by Morgan, Walls & Clements. The structure will cost approximately $1,000,000 and when completed will be one of the finest of its kind in the city." (See "Huge Apartment to Rise," Los Angeles Times, 03/27/1925, p. A1-A2.) Plans in 1925 called for a 12-story building, which was near the 150-foot height limit in force from 1911 until 1957.

PCAD id: 19422