Crenshaw Savings & Loan (1958)

Los Angeles, California

This structure was designed by architect W.A. Sarmiento of the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America and has remained relatively unchanged since its construction. Its design, an inverted trapezoid over a transparent cube, closely resembles the design for The Firestone Bank in Akron, Ohio, also completed in 1958 and some elements of the American Investment Co. of Illinois in Clayton, Missouri (1955). The building currently operates as Chase Bank and is known as the Bakewell Building.

Photo credit: Kirk Huffaker