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Bank of Italy Building

Identification

Bank of Italy Building
the Bank of America Building
118602

Map

Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
rigid frame
steel
brick
terra-cotta
applied masonry
renaissance revival

Usage

commercial office

Facts

  • The Spanish-spired tower is San Jose's #1 city landmark.
  • Opened as the Bank of Italy.
  • Tallest building in San Jose for 61 years.
  • Featured in Architect and Engineering Record of California, the building was hailed as one of the first earthquake-proof constructions in the Valley.
  • Owners Stephen and Judy Lin put the building up for sale in March 2004 with an asking price of $15 million.
  • In the 1920s and '30s, this location was known as the "Bank Corner".
  • In 2005 the owners took the building off the market electing instead to sell each floor, or parts of a floor, as office condominiums.
  • Described by Coast and Geodetic Survey 1947: "...it has a large cupola with a green light and a white pole on the top of center of the building".
  • Described by the U.S. Air Force 1958: "Pole has gold ball on top and vertical green neon light at base".
  • National Geodetic Survey benchmark recorded 1992: N 37 20 09.57382 - W 121 53 24.58221 (NAD 83).
  • Owned by Bank of America from 1927 to 1970.
  • Owned by Santa Clara University from 1971-1979.
  • The founder of Bank of America, A.P. Giannini, was born a few blocks from this building that he built.
  • Tallest building between San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1926-1970 until surpassed by Pruneyard Tower I in nearby Campbell.

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Location

12 South 1st Street at East Santa Clara Street
95113
U.S.A.

Technical Data

255.00 ft
176.00 ft
14
1
1925
1926
3
$1,000,000

Involved Companies

Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

real estate agent

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark