Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings); built works - commercial buildings - corporate headquarters

Designers: Morgan and Walls, Architects (firm); Octavius Morgan (architect); John A. Walls (architect)

Dates: constructed 1905

2 stories

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Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

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Building History

Isaias W. Hellman (1842-1920) served as the President of the Farmers and Merchants Bank at this time, and he selected the busy firm of Morgan and Walls to design his new bank headquarters. In addition to Hellman, other bank officers in 1907 included: J.A. Graves, Vice-President, I.N. Van Nuys, Vice-President, T.E. Newlin, Vice-President, Charles Salyer, Cashier, Gustave Heiman, 1st Assistant Cashier, John Alton, Assistant Cashier. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1907, p. 488.)

This building functioned as a bank until the 1980s. It was later used for special events and as a filming location.

Building Notes

The Farmers and Merchants Bank Headquarters #3 had a neoclassical temple design intended to provide the bank with a look of venerability, honesty and dependability; it was two stories tall, with pediments located centrally on its two main facades (it occupied a corner location at 4th Street and Main Street). Paired, engaged columns, each with Corinthian capitals, "supported" the pediments. The exterior was divided into bay by Corinthian pilasters. The roof line featured an entablature and tall attic story. A long vaulted skylight--placed parallel to the long dimension--illuminated the rectangular interior.

Los Angeles City Historical-Cultural Monument: 271

PCAD id: 4648