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

Designers: Harrison, William Henry, Architect (firm); Wheatland, E.M., Building Contractor (firm); William Henry Harrison (architect); E. M. Wheatland (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1931-1932

total floor area: 8,927 sq. ft.

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6754 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

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Northeast corner of Philadelphia Street and Greenleaf Avenue.

Building History

According to the City of Whittier Official Local Register of Historic Sites, "The bank building was a replacement of an existing brick bank building constructed in 1905 with the establishment of the bank." Built during the earliest and darkest years of the Depression (1931-1932), the bank strove to hire local construction labor. The Whittier Register said: "The Bank’s building committee insisted that as many local construction professionals be utilized for the project as were deemed feasible, thus, approximately 75% of the workers for the job were local." (See City of Whittier Official Local Register of Historic Sites,accessed 09/02/2015.)

Building Notes

The Whittier National Trust and Savings Bank was a textbook example of the Art Deco Style , with its general simplification of form, vertical emphasis, and geometrical ornamentation.

Los Angeles County Assessor Number: 8139-015-011

City of Whittier Landmark Building (1993-04-13): 21

PCAD id: 6733