National Bank of Whittier Building | Los Angeles Conservancy
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National Bank of Whittier Building

Designed by father-and-son architects John and Donald B. Parkinson, this six-story building exemplifies the Beaux Arts style.

It is clad in glazed terra cotta and includes classically inspired detailing. The building's ground floor features display windows with leaded-glass transoms. The upper stories contain windows recessed within a border of egg-and-dart detailing and separated by decorative spandrels. A Whittier Village clock is mounted prominently on the corner of the building, at the intersection of Greenleaf Avenue and Philadelphia Street.

The National Bank of Whittier Building has housed at least four banks, including Bank of America, that have played an important role in the commercial development of Whittier. Since the town held a division of the Los Angeles County Court system, the building also housed legal offices throughout its history, including the first law office of Richard M. Nixon.

Today, the commercial spaces continue to house various businesses and community groups. The Conservancy holds a conservation easement that protects the exterior of the building, including the terra cotta façades, original windows and cast-iron storefront piers.

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Chase Bank, Hollywood

One of his favorite mural-bearing bank buildings, architectural designer Millard Sheets drew on the Hollywood history of its location in a simple white New Formalist structure.
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Edinburgh Bungalow Court

Completed in 1923, the Edinburgh Bungalow Court reflects early settlement patterns and the rise of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.
Junipero Serra State Office Building
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Junipero Serra State Office Building

Arthur T. Letts established his new business in a rented space at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway, eventually expanding the company, The Broadway Department Store, into California's largest retail establishment of the era.