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Bank of Italy Building

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Bank of Italy Building
the Bank of America Building


Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
rigid frame
applied masonry
renaissance revival


commercial office


  • In the 1920s and 30s, this location was known as the "Bank Corner."
  • Owned by Bank of America from 1927 to 1970.
  • In 2005 the owners took the building off the market electing instead to sell each floor, or parts of a floor, as office condominiums.
  • Owned by Santa Clara University from 1971-1979.
  • 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."
  • The founder of Bank of America, A.P. Giannini, was born a few blocks from this building that he built.
  • National Geodetic Survey benchmark recorded 1992: N 37 20 09.57382 - W 121 53 24.58221 (NAD 83).
  • Described by the U.S. Air Force 1958: "Pole has gold ball on top and vertical green neon light at base."
  • Tallest building between San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1926-1970 until surpassed by Pruneyard Tower I in nearby Campbell.
  • Opened as the Bank of Italy.
  • Tallest building in San Jose for 61 years.
  • The Spanish-spired tower is San Jose's #1 city landmark.
  • 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.

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8-14 South 1st Street
2-26 East Santa Clara Street
12 South 1st Street at East Santa Clara Street
San Jose

Technical Data

255.00 ft
176.00 ft

Involved Companies

Henry A. Minton

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Features & Amenities

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