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Commonwealth Savings Building (Demolished)

Also known as Allstate Savings (now Citibank), the 1961 building at 5077 Lankershim Boulevard was one of the first high-rise commercial structures built in the San Fernando Valley. Designed by architect Gerald Bense, this distinctive building was long recognized as an important example of mid-century office design. The building was included in the Modern Committee's 2000 tour, "How Modern Was My Valley," as well as in a session on Modern office buildings at the 2007 California Preservation Foundation conference.

Home Federal Savings/Pacific Mercantile Bank Building
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Home Federal Savings/Pacific Mercantile Bank Building

A striking tower of stacked white arches with trailing greenery representing an important step in Edward Durell Stone's re-visioning of historical Classical, Moorish, and Indo-Islamic styles through a Modern lens.
St. John's, July 2013. Courtesy of the San Fernando Valley Blog.

St. John's in the Valley Methodist Church

Designed in the Mid-Century Modern style, St. John's in the Valley Methodist Church reflected the San Fernando Valley's ethnic and religious diversity.
Wirick House
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Wirick House

Its delicate appearance belies the strength and endurance of its structural system, which seems to reflect the attitude of the World War II veterans who came from the USC School: if we can win a war, we can certainly build beautiful houses on this little hill.