AKA: Citicorp Center, San Francisco, CA; London Paris-Anglo National Bank, San Francisco, CA

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

Designers: Kelham, George William, Architect (firm); Pereira, William L. and Associates Planning and Architecture (firm); Pissis, Albert, Architect (firm); George William Kelham (architect); William Leonard Pereira (architect); Albert Pissis (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1910

2 stories

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1 Sansome Street
Financial District, San Francisco, CA 94104

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Northwest corner of Sansome Street and Sutter Street.

Building History

The original, two-story Anglo and London Paris National Bank of San Francisco Headquarters was designed by one of San Francisco's preeminent architects of the late nineteenth century, Albert Pissis (1852-1914). Pissis gave the bank colossal two-story high columns and pilasters on its front facade, providing a sturdy, time-tested appearance; the columns and pilasters supported an elaborate cornice topped by a balustrade. In later years, the San Francisco-based Crocker Bank owned this grand low-rise, a remnant of the Financial District's Classical era.

Building Notes

A 43-story high-rise, the Citicorp Center, now towers over the Anglo and London Paris National Bank in San Francisco's Financial District;


Altered by George Kelham (1871-1936), 1921; the 43-story Citicorp Center was designed by the Los Angeles architect, William L. Pereira (1909-1985) in 1984; Delahanty, in Preserving the West (Pantheon Books, 1985), p. 61, indicated that Kelham worked on an expansion to the London-Paris-Anglo National Bank in 1936.

PCAD id: 5619