Bank of California

Bank of California (HM1CDB)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94104 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.59', W 122° 24.085'

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"The Grand Old Lady of California Street"

— 400 California Street —

The Bank of California, a founding financier of the West, was established by William Chapman Ralston on July 5, 1864, the company quickly outgrew its quarters at this location and engaged architects Walter Danforth Bliss and William Baker Faville to design an impressive new building for the site.

In January 1906, the bank moved to a temporary location while beginning preparations for the splendid new building. Progress was halted abruptly on April 18, 1908 by the earthquake and fire, but work recommenced just six weeks later. The Bank of California's new building - today affectionately called "The Grand Old Lady of California Street" - opened on September 8, 1908 as the first new commercial structure the Financial District to rise out of the ruins of the earthquake.

The Bank of California and Union Bank merged in 1996 to create Union Bank of California, N.A. This historic building was rededicated on its 100th anniversary September 8, 2008, by Union Bank of California President and Chief Executive Officer Masakki Tanaka and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Marker Number3
Year Placed2008
Placed ByUnion Bank of California
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 3:12am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 552701 N 4183035
Decimal Degrees37.79316667, -122.40141667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.59', W 122° 24.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 35.40" N, 122° 24' 5.10" W
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Area Code(s)415, 925, 510, 831, 650,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 California St, San Francisco CA 94104, US
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