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Postby Gnomus » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:15 pm

Good news: I went back to 3731 Wilshire Blvd for a photo.
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The building was open this time. So I went inside and found there's a bunch of stuff in there you can't see from the outside. There's a small design above the door, male and female statues on either side of the entrance, and behind the tellers, a long mural that seems to depict people in a forest with birds flying overhead.

It's possible that these pieces are from the original building that stood at this location.

tax records indicate built 1970
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Postby Gnomus » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:30 pm

660 S Figueroa St, which replaced a single story building with the address of 654 S Figueroa St. This is now HSBC Bank. I was only able to see one mural inside (I'd read that there were two) -- it looked distorted, like the artist was on acid. It definitely didn't look like a Sheets or Hertel mural. Here's the building and the two side pieces by Joyce Kozloff:

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This building also contains the entrance to the 7th Street Metro Station.

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Is this the so-called "Sky Lobby" by Richard Haas?
These five smaller pieces frame the above to the west and south. I believe all five are by Terry Schoonhoven; one shows a date of 1990.
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Kozloff also provided a long piece in the lower level of the station depicting various movie monsters and robots on a series of tiles.

Photos taken 2/3/2010.

tax records indicate built 1987

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Postby Gnomus » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:37 pm

I stopped by the Highland Park branch; there's nothing inside the building, just the two murals that Nathan shot.

Went back to First Bank in Beverly Hills. There are two stained glass windows in back (both very dark and ominous), a mural inside that looks like tree branches, and some concrete window treatments that resemble those in Encino (but without the wildlife).

And while searching around, I found another Home S&L in Sherman Oaks that isn't on the list...

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Postby Gnomus » Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:54 pm

9111 Corbin Ave, Northridge. I've seen a 1986 date for this location. No art inside or out back; just these Susan Hertel murals on the front. Photos shot 2-8-10.

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The centerpiece shows a nuclear family with a train and cattle roundup in the background.
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This piece is to the left and shows an Indian and deer; SH initials in lower left.
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This piece is to the right and depicts a star spangled cowboy or caballero.

tax records indicate built 1986

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Postby Gnomus » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:00 pm

14070 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks. This location is now Maxsons Drugs. There is no artwork in front, out back, or inside the building. The only thing that suggests that this was once a HSL is that band around the top -- I think it was probably once painted gold. Photo taken 2-8-10.
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tax records indicate built 1981


13949 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks. This 1989 location is a few blocks down and across the street. The murals depict farming scenes. I didn't see any artwork inside the building. Photos taken 2-8-10.
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This one is in front of the building.
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This mural is on the east side of the building.

tax records indicate built 1990

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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:16 pm

100 W. 2nd Street
Pomona, CA

Mosaic mural above door, one gold griffin, interior mural signed Millard Sheets and Susan Hertel. Washington Mutual-era interior... which worries me. Two outcomes: closing this branch or remodel (and mural endangerment) to come.

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tax records indicate built 1963
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Postby nredom » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:19 pm

Millard Sheets: the Early Years (1926-1944)

opens tonight in Pasadena...

http://www.pmcaonline.org/press/millard ... _FINAL.pdf

Exhibit will be up February 14, 2010 – May 30, 2010

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Postby nichols » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:02 pm

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COUNTIN' DOWN!

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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:26 pm

1305 Fair Oaks
South Pasadena

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No interior or exterior artwork visible.

tax records indicate built 1983
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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:28 pm

15625 Whittier Blvd.
Whittier, CA

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No artwork inside.
Gold griffin, marble mosaic and a bronze in front.

tax records indicate built 1961
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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:34 pm

15128 E. Rosecrans
La Mirada, CA

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(puppy party!)
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Signature "RFE '67"
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Stained glass above rear exit covered in sheetrock on the inside.
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large integrated drive-in banking

tax records indicate built 1979
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Postby nichols » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:44 pm

9125 Whittier Blvd.
Pico Rivera
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Mind blowing! But not a traditional Home Savings. Must have been acquired by the time of our 1985 list. John English reports the architect is Gerald Bense, who we know from the Citibank tower in North Hollywood.

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Postby nichols » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:23 am

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Bank failures strike a blow to city’s art
Some of the works commissioned for Home Savings buildings have been destroyed or painted over.

March 6, 2010

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la ... 4242.story

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Postby nichols » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:36 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Art review: 'Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926-1944)' at Pasadena Museum of California Art
March 16, 2010

Anyone who has driven around Los Angeles in the last 50 years knows Millard Sheets' art, even if they don't know his name. For Home Savings of America, he designed the distinctive white marble branch banks and their artistic decorations, sometimes collaborating with others, beginning in 1952...

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culture ... a-art.html

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Postby Gnomus » Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:50 pm

1888 Century Park East, Century City

This is an office tower with a First Republic Bank on the ground floor. Don't know if this was the original building; no art visible.

I also got a copy of the 1964 yellow page listings for Savings and Loans to compare to our list. I found eleven HSL locations that didn't match up, and checked them in Google street view. Nine no longer seem to exist, one in Long Beach didn't have a street view, and one still stands:

1801 N Long Beach Blvd, Compton

It apparently was Thee Sound Shop, but is sporting a For Lease sign. The building has the familiar gold stripe, a small statue in front, and what appear to be murals over the entrance. It's hard to tell because there are lots of banners hanging on this building.

So, who wants to go to Compton?

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Postby scowsa » Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:41 am

LA Times has some follow-up letters to the article that Nichols posted.

They are mostly personal recollections of various buildings but one is from New Balance, the future tenants of 2600 Wilshire, indicating they see the buildings decoration as "an essential part of the fabric of the building" and committing to keep them on display.
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Postby Gnomus » Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:16 am

I saw New Balance was closing up their store on Wilshire; it's nice to know they're staying in the neighborhood... and they have an appreciation for that building's "special features." Hopefully they'll uncover the stained glass and let me take a photo of it!

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Postby missyb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:00 pm

The La Canada/Flintridge one is gone.

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Postby Gnomus » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:40 pm

Which one, Missy? I've seen two addresses listed. 4514 Angeles Crest Hwy, and 749 Foothill Blvd.

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Postby Gnomus » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:42 pm

Los Angeles -- 9080 W Pico Blvd. This is on the list as Pico/Doheny. Standard HSL with the gold band and white stone. No art inside or out.

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Postby missyb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:51 pm

I was going by the Angeles Crest Hwy address. I'll check the Foothill address. (It looks like there's a Citibank there.)

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Postby missyb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:07 pm

The Chase at 749 Foothill is still there. Here's a quick-and-dirty (and blurry) low-light shot.


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I don't know what year this building is from. Should I still get some real shots of it?

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Postby Adriene » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:08 am

Do we know who designed the sculptures for Santa Monica, Encino and Whittier (Renzo Fenzi?)?

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Postby Gnomus » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:29 am

Missy: The year I have is 1990. If there's artwork there and you can take photos, then yes. If it's inside and you can't take photos, then please make a note of what's there.

If there's no art, then this photo is enough.

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Postby jasonf » Tue May 11, 2010 4:21 pm

missyb wrote:The La Canada/Flintridge one is gone.


Yes, I just drove past the former 4514 Angeles Crest Hwy. location and it is now the La Canada Flintridge Town Center.

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Postby jasonf » Tue May 11, 2010 4:29 pm

You can also cross off the Seal Beach/Leisure World location. It looks recently renovated. Should I post a photo?
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Postby Gnomus » Tue May 11, 2010 8:34 pm

Jason, yes please. Chris would like photos of all locations, regardless of art.

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Postby Gnomus » Tue May 11, 2010 9:15 pm

Long Beach - 249 E Ocean Blvd; I've read that this location was built in 1979. While the bank part of this building (now International City Bank) looks like a former Home S&L, it and the lobby of the office building bearing the above address are devoid of art.

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Doesn't that expanse above the entrance cry out for a mural? Doesn't that planter scream out for a fountain with a statue of a boy riding a porpoise?

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Postby jasonf » Wed May 12, 2010 2:08 pm

Gnomus wrote:Jason, yes please. Chris would like photos of all locations, regardless of art.


Seal Beach/Leisure World
13900 Seal Beach Blvd.

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Postby nichols » Wed May 12, 2010 4:01 pm

Compton
1801 Long Beach Blvd.
tax records indicate built 1958

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Yup, it is indeed a stereo shop. Owner operated and currently open but for lease.
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There are at least four of these depicting local industry and more underneath the vinyl banners.

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The current owner applied a coating of epoxy to the mosaics on the facade which is now deteriorating and flaking off.
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Interior is pretty much gone except for the clock and the safe
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The safe is the star of the interior.
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The rear entrance has some nice details including the pebble floor and screen block wall.
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I wonder if this means that Home Savings left in 1978?


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