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Postby nichols » Wed May 12, 2010 4:21 pm

Vermont/Slauson
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5717 S. Vermont Ave.
tax records indicate built 1993

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Locked up tight! No art is visible on the exterior.

1993? Hmm.. I wonder if something burned here in 1992?

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Postby nichols » Wed May 12, 2010 8:13 pm

Pasadena
860 E. Colorado
tax records indicate built 1992

This is the branch that started this whole project. This photo is from November, 2009 and shows the Sheets mural prior to it's removal.

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(This photo:May, 2010)
The original c. 1963 branch on this site was demolished and rebuilt as an office tower with a branch on the ground floor in 1992.

There is also an approx 10' bronze by Albert Stewart in the lobby with male and female figures.
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Postby Gnomus » Wed May 12, 2010 8:46 pm

There are also the additional entries for Sherman Oaks and Buena Vista; both have art.

Congrats on hitting Compton. Did it look like the epoxy damaged the mural?

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Postby nichols » Thu May 13, 2010 7:58 am

The epoxy really did a number on the mural.. the tessarae are still intact but it would take a specialist to get that stuff off and refinish them. Could you please elaborate on your statement about the valley branches?

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Postby Gnomus » Thu May 13, 2010 12:01 pm

"Could you please elaborate on your statement about the valley branches?"

Yes. I noticed that you added Compton to the list. The Sherman Oaks location at 13949 Ventura Blvd also has art and is not on the list. I guess you can forget about the additional Buena Vista location -- it's in OC, not LA county.

It's interesting that the one owner who tried to do something with the mural is the one location where the mural is badly messed up.

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Postby devildogranch » Thu May 20, 2010 12:49 pm

This is the Tujunga branch at 6589 Foothill, corner of Tujunga Canyon Blvd. No frontage at this location, so the images are shot straight up (with camera phone - sorry!).

Stained glass at the top of the windows on both sides and rear of the building are depictions of song birds. Was not allowed to shoot from inside the building, so these are difficult to see.

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Postby devildogranch » Thu May 20, 2010 12:55 pm

This bank is not on the list, so may not fit the criteria for this survey.
Now a B of A, the address is 6551 Van Nuys Blvd. just a few blocks north of the city hall in Van Nuys.

I couldn't see a signature from street level, but maybe someone can identify the artist.

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(that mural depicting the history of the San Fernando Valley was created by artist Ben Mayer for Bank of America in 1967. Very nice, but no relation to the Home Savings story. ) -- added by Nichols 2.28.11

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Postby nichols » Thu May 27, 2010 7:10 am

21816 Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills
Zimas indicates year built: 1973

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Interior is completely wiped out.
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5300 Jackson Dr.
La Mesa, CA
Via Vavala

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Postby jasonf » Sat May 29, 2010 11:07 pm

Fountain Valley
18975 Brookhurst St.


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Postby Gnomus » Mon May 31, 2010 7:22 pm

JasonF: Did you look inside or around the back? We've found that not all locations have their art out front.

I was in Pasadena today; the Chase Bank which Chris has already shot was closed for the holiday, and I was able to get a shot of the statue through the front door.

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This is a little different from the other statues of families we've seen because they only have one child... all the others are nuclear families: mom, dad, daughter, brother...

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Postby nichols » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:01 pm

Rialto
101 E. Foothill Blvd.

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Nothing in back. Did not go inside.
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Postby nichols » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:06 pm

Palos Verdes (Rolling Hills Estates)
27319 Hawthorne Blvd.
tax records indicate built 1974

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Postby nichols » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:08 pm

Torrance
2121 Torrance Boulevard
Tax records indicate built 1979

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This sculpture is inside the lobby

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Postby jasonf » Fri Jun 04, 2010 10:38 am

Costa Mesa
450 E. 17th St.

No artwork inside or on the exterior.

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Postby jasonf » Mon Jun 07, 2010 3:28 pm

Huntington Harbour
16400 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Now the location of a BoA ATM with part of a restaurant in the back.

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Postby Gnomus » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:53 pm

I revisited 1888 Century Park East in Century City, this time with camera. There's still a bank on the ground floor, but there's no artwork.

Also, I went to the Chase Bank across the street to see if anything got moved over. That branch doesn't have any art either.

Photo taken 6/7/2010.


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Postby Gnomus » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:37 pm

Someone mentioned this as an HSL in Long Beach on The Arenson Blog. Haven't confirmed it yet.

EDIT: CHRIS FOUND A NEWS REFERENCE TO THIS AS A FORMER BANK OF AMERICA LOCATION.

350 Pine Ave -- photos taken 6/11/2010
It's a nightclub called Vault 350, and according to the banner is reopening soon.

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The mural features a fairly mod view of the city from the airliner in the sky down to a submarine in the harbor (bottom left).
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Postby Gnomus » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:44 pm

60 E Huntington Drive, Arcadia (1960)
Photos taken 6/11/2010

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The male and female statues are identical to the ones at the Encino branch. They're located on either side of the front entrance (and blocked by trees in the wide shot).

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The mural features 3 horsemen riding through a stand of trees.

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The manager was very nice and allowed me to shoot the stained glass windows at the back entrance. They feature a number of (medieval?) musicians.

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Postby jasonf » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:04 pm

Newport Beach
16 Corporate Plaza

No artwork on the exterior. The interior looked pretty new.

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Postby SFG » Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:20 pm

I happened to stumble across the Garden Grove branch this morning, which already has had exterior photos posted, but I snagged an interior shot of the 40-50' foot long mural that stretches above the teller windows. I also spoke with the branch manager who originally started with Home Savings in 1974 and has an archive of goodies including this ad from the 1950s.

She circled the branches she knows no longer exist. She also mentioned that the Buena Park branch, next to Knott's Berry Farm moved across the street and the original location also has word by Sheets, but is no longer a bank. Do we have photos of that yet?

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Postby Gnomus » Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:30 pm

SFG, yes, I shot both locations in Buena Park; the photos are on one of these pages.

Most of these addresses are different from what we have. I tried looking them up with Google Street View, with no luck. Home S&L seems to have gone on a rampage of building: putting up a branch and then putting up a larger branch nearby just a few years later.

And the manager made one mistake: the Compton branch still exists, with art. Chris shot it a while back.

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Postby nichols » Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:32 pm

West Covina
100 S. Vincent Ave.
tax records indicate built 1969

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(squint hard enough and you can see the Home Savings shield!)
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No artwork visible inside.


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