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NOCA MODERN Architect Detail

Body of Work:
Salinas Valley Savings & Loan

Wenceslaus Sarmiento was born in Trujillo, Peru in 1922. He attended the National School of Engineering in Lima and graduated in 1946 with a degree in architecture. During his practical training, Sarmiento worked in Brazil as a draftsman for Oscar Niemeyer. In 1952, Sarmiento accepted a design position with the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America. Just two years into his tenure with the company, he was promoted to Director of Design. Sarmiento spent 12 years with the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation and during that time, he either designed, or collaborated on the design of, hundreds of innovative modern bank buildings. In 1965, Sarmiento set up his own architectural practice. The firm grew to encompass three offices – St. Louis, San Francisco, and Phoenix. Sarmiento closed the business in 1978. He went on to accept a position with Murdock Development Company as Director of Design. “My greatest strength is imagination. For any architect to be successful, they have to see a site, and know what to create. That’s where art is a very important component of an architect’s work which cannot be taught by any school.” – Wenceslaus Sarmiento

Body of Work:

Newport Balboa Savings & Loan (1954, 1960);

Van Nuys Savings & Loan (1957);

Crenshaw Savings & Loan (1958);

Salinas Valley Savings & Loan, Salinas and San Jose branches (1961);

Phoenix Financial Center (1964, 1970)


Googie Redux: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture, Alan Hess, Chronicle Books, 2004



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