First National Bank of San Jose (Sunnyvale Branch)


Date:
1963
Neighborhood:
Sunnyvale
Building Type:
Institutional
Address:
380 South Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale, California
Current Name:
Bank of the West
Current Use:
Bank
Current Condition:
Very good
Status:
Unknown
Sunnyvale’s Bank of the West, originally a branch of the First National Bank of San Jose, was designed and built to reflect the general optimism of the space-age.  The modern bank building, encompassed in a giant curtain wall of glass, stands as a roadside advertisement for the services inside.  Initially, the bank had four drive-in teller windows, catering, quite literally, to the customer on wheels.

Sources:
Original building permit, on file with the City of Sunnyvale

Defining Downtown at Mid-Century: The Architecture of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America

http://www.recentpast.org/midcenturybanks/component/k2/item/211

“Banking on the Future - Modernism and the Local Bank,” Carol J. Dyson and Anthony Rubano, Excerpt from Preserving the Recent Past 2, Historic Preservation Education Foundation, 2000

http://www.illinoishistory.gov/ps/mid-century/Banking%20on%20the%20Future%20Modernism%20and%20the%20Local%20Bank.pdf

Image Credits:
Photo #1: Vintage view from Bank Building and Equipment Corporation Anniversary Brochure

Photo #2: View of bank from street, 2008 (Heather David)

Photo #2:  Building detail, 2008 (Heather David)

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