Bank of Arcata. Really.

Bank of Arcata


8 Responses to Bank of Arcata. Really.

  1. Sam says:

    What a wonderful old building

    • lynette77 says:

      Gorgeous, isn’t it? I know some developers still spend a lot of time designing/refining new buildings, but that one… hard to beat that one.

  2. AJ says:

    Anyone know the street address?

    • lynette77 says:

      I’ll keep an eye out in the directories and if I see something, I’ll let you know. I have another photo that partially shows the buildings on either side of the bank, but I don’t recognize them. I can’t imagine why they would have ever torn it down (but then again, I feel the same about the old Arcata City Hall).

  3. nan says:

    I would be interested in knowing who started it and who invested in it–time to go back to the Humboldt Room!

  4. nan says:

    here is what I found:
    Bank of Arcata–info from the Suzie Baker Fountain Papers

    The first mention of Bank of Arcata was in 1898 with an apparent loan to AA Falor, however a notation indicated that it was originally built in 1890. It was also noted elsewhere that the 10′ x 12′ window was of the largest single sheet of glass on the northcoast when it arrived from France in the fall of 1890.
    The second mention of the Bank of Arcata was in 1900 regarding an apparent loan to a Riverside . . .. Co.
    In the early 1900s the Bank of Arcata and the Arcata Savings Bank were affiliated with capital of undivided profits and surplus of $382, 000 and combined deposits of $1, 625,000. There was also a First National Bank.
    On an unknown date Mr Wessley Stone was appointed president of the Bank of Arcata.
    In 1913 the bank building in question was constructed. Built in the Neo Classical Revival style, it was situated on H Street between 8th and 9th. A sketch of it shows it in the middle of the block.
    An article from a local paper in 1913 wrote “ . . . The plans were prepared by W H Weeks one of the finest architects of San Francisco. The building will extend back 70 feet on the lot and will be forty feet wide and the front is to to be glazed terra cotta in white. The front will be supported by four large pillars. It is to be of one story and the walls will be reinforced concrete. The floor will be of tile and the main entrance finished in Colombian marble and the counters will be of marble. The frames and sashes are to be of galvanized iron metal of approved pattern and the entrance door will have beveled plate glass. The contract has been let to Bert Owsley of San Francisco. The cost of the building alone will be $22,000. That figure does not include the inside furnishing and fixtures nor the heating system. A public lobby will extend through the center of the building and the offices will be to either side and in the rear. At the left of the entrance will be in order, the vice-president’s office, and the banking room and on the right, the president’s office, the customers’ room, savings bank and safe deposit lobby. Immediately at the rear are to be the bank and safe deposit vaults and back of this, the ladies’ retiring room, director’s room and lockers. Work will be started on the bank as soon as the weather clears and it will be rushed to completion. It will be rushed and finished with the best material and will be a beautiful structure when completed.”

    Another notation says the bank was hidden by the facade of the 1950s.
    I would call this a tragedy . . .

    What I wanted to learn and could not find during the brief time I was in the library was who the investors in this bank were. I suppose if I took time to read through the newspapers of that time I could probably learn but looking at them on microfilm is not only tedious, but very uncomfortable.


    • Lynette M says:

      Hi Nan,
      This is great. Thanks so much for sharing. Within the next few days I may move your comments into a general post, just to make sure all those who are interested see the info. This also makes me want to do a post on the Susie Baker Fountain Papers-an incredible, INDEXED resource for those looking for HumCo info.

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