This website is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and advocating for the art commissioned by Home Savings of America for its bank branches — murals, mosaics, sculpture and more.
All new posts and continuing discussion of this artwork is at http://adamarenson.com/homesavingsbankart
(For background on this project, see my guest post, “Saving the Banks’ Artistic Assets.”)
Above, some of my images of these marvelous Millard Sheets bank mosaics (left to right)
–prospector and movie director from Washington Mutual Studio City Financial Center, 12051 Ventura Blvd at Laurel Canyon Blvd
–Millard Sheets’s signature in the mosaic on Santa Monica Blvd
–Beach scene from a former Home Savings bank on Santa Monica Blvd
Here is the start of a list of locations; will be amended as comments come in (last list update: January 26, 2010)
Sites That Are Still Banks
Anaheim, 101 S. Harbor Blvd.
Arcadia, 60 East Huntington Drive (at First Ave.), 1960
Beverly Hills, 9245 Wilshire Blvd. (at Rexford Drive), 1953
Buena Park, 7964 Beach Blvd.
Claremont, 400 N. Indian Hill, 1963
Encino, 17107 Ventura Blvd. (at Amestoy Ave.), 1977
Garden Grove, 11922 Brookhurst St.
Highland Park, 5700 North Figueroa St. (at Avenue 57), c. 1972
Hollywood, 1500 N. Vine St. at Sunset Blvd. (northeast corner), 1970
Los Angeles, 3731 Wilshire Blvd. (at Oxford) — reconstructed after original demolished?
Montebello, 2201 Beverly Blvd. (at Wilcox Ave.), 1972
Pasadena, 860 E. Colorado Blvd at Lake Ave., 1963
Pomona, 100 West Second St. (at Garey Ave.), 1962
Redondo Beach, 301 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Rancho Palos Verdes, 27319 Hawthorne Blvd. (near Silver Spur), 1974 – now restored
Studio City, 12051 Ventura Blvd. (at Laurel Canyon Blvd.), 1970
San Diego, 4650 Mission Bay Dr at Garnet Ave
San Francisco, 2750 Van Ness Ave, Lombard Financial Center
San Jose, 1402 Lincoln Avenue
Studio City, 12051 Ventura Blvd at Laurel Canyon Blvd
Temple City, 8905 Las Tunas Drive
Torrance, 2121 Torrance Blvd.
Whittier, 15625 East Whittier Blvd. (at Santa Gertrudes), 1975
Sites of Former Banks Still Standing
Compton, 1801 N. Long Beach Blvd (1958); now a stereo shop; epoxy over the murals is deteriorating and flaking off — threatened!
Coronado, 925 Orange Avenue (is or was Petco)
La Mesa, 5300 Jackson Dr (Barbeques Galore)
Los Angeles, 654 S. Figueroa (now a Metro station and HSBC bank; murals extant)
Los Angeles, 628 S Oxford Ave
Santa Monica, 2600 Wilshire Blvd at 26th Street (Cellular Fantasy), 1970
Torrance, 1511 Cravens Ave. (now a Time Warner Cable office)
Other Millard Sheets murals still extant:
Alhambra, Mark Keppel High School, Hellman Ave. at Almansor St., 1939
Beverly Hills, First Bank, 9145 Wilshire Blvd. (at Oakhurst), 1955
Claremont, 655 E. Foothill Ave (once Sheets’s studio and office; now Claremont Eye Association)
Claremont, Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now USBank), exterior,393 West Foothill Blvd. (at Indian Hill Blvd.), 1969
Claremont, Scripps College Garrison Theater, East 10th St. (between Dartmouth and Columbia avenues), 1966
Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Main St. (above entrances at Main and Los Angeles streets), 1973
Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now Chase), interior, 399 North Garey Ave. (at Center St), 1956
San Jose Airport Terminal C, 1977, saved; Tony Sheets helped remove canvas mural.
Dallas Mercantile Bank building mosaics and freestanding sculptures, 1950s, saved from demolition!
No Known Sheets Studio artwork
Los Angeles, 449 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, 3731 Wilshire Blvd.