Bank of Commerce Building, 835 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, San Diego County, CA
835 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1961
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-89).
Building/structure dates: 1887 initial construction
Significance: The Bank of Commerce Building, built 1887, is one of San Diego's most ornate commercial structures. Constructed during the San Diego boom years, it was designed by J.B. Stannard. / The Bank of Commerce Building, designed by J.B. Stannard was built in 1888, during the San Diego boom years. This four-story commercial facade exemplifies the richness of applied ornament in the Italian bracketed style. Within, a skylighted shaft allowed light to penetrate to the second level, as the building had exterior exposure on the front and rear surfaces only. The symmetrical facade of cut stone has two decorated frame bay projections. The elegance of this facade contrasts sharply with the robust Romanesque-like facade of the Nesmith-Greeley Building (Cal-1971), adjacent to it.
Stannard, J. B.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. Historic American Buildings Survey Marvin Rand, Photographer August 1971 WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION
2. Historic American Buildings Survey Marvin Rand, Photographer August 1971 WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION WITH NESMITH-GREELY BUILDING TO THE RIGHT
3. Historic American Buildings Survey WOOD ENGRAVING OF WEST (FRONT) ELEVATION From Golden Era Magazine, September 1889, page 293
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