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Bank of Italy Building

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Identification

Bank of Italy Building
Bank of America Building
118602

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Structure in General

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

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Tallest building in San Jose for 61 years.
  • Tallest building between San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1926-1970 until surpassed by Pruneyard Tower I in nearby Campbell.
  • Featured in Architect and Engineering Record of California, the building was hailed as one of the first earthquake-proof constructions in the Valley.
  • In the 1920s and 30s, this location was known as the "Bank Corner."
  • Opened as the Bank of Italy in 1926. Owned by Bank of America from 1927 to 1970.
  • Owned by Santa Clara University from 1971-1979.
  • Owners Stephen and Judy Lin put the building up for sale in March 2004 with an asking price of $15 million. In 2005 the owners elected to sell each floor, or parts of a floor, as office condominiums.
  • The building, with its ornate spire, is San Jose's most popular city landmark.

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Location

8-14 South 1st Street
2-26 East Santa Clara Street
12 South 1st Street at East Santa Clara Street
95113
San Jose
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

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

Involved Companies

Henry A. Minton

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Features & Amenities

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