CALIFORNIA BANK BUILDING, LOS ANGELES (1960) Oversize photo$300.00
Vintage original 14 x 11″ (35 x 28 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Minor creases at the corners. Bottom right corner has been bent, near fine.
The building located at 600 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles was finished in 1961 and designed by Claude Beelman & Associates. This contemporary glass-and-concrete building is one of the few nonconforming intrusions in the Spring Street Financial District. It was the first skyscraper to be built after the city’s building height limit was lifted. City planners hoped it would solidify Spring Street as the city’s financial center, but an exodus of banks and financial institutions began in the 1960s. At one time, the 18-story building was the tallest in the financial district of downtown Los Angeles.
The photo is tagged at the very bottom right side blank white margin ‘Photo by “Dick” Whittington’. His ink stamp is on the verso as is the original attached and typed paper blurb which states that the building cost 14 million dollars and would be dedicated on Sunday, August 14.