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Stockton in San Joaquin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

California Building

1917

 
 
California Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
1. California Building Marker
Inscription. Built originally for the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, this structure is the work of prominent San Francisco Architect George W. Kelham. With almost no exterior changes it exemplifies Renaissance Revival Style and reflects early local interest in building skyscrapers. This granite and brick building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Stockton Historic Landmark No. 25
Designated by Stockton City Council 1979

 
Erected 1979 by City of Stockton. (Marker Number 25.)
 
Location. 37° 57.18′ N, 121° 17.234′ W. Marker is in Stockton, California, in San Joaquin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Joaquin Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the building facing East Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 246 East Main Street, Stockton CA 95202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stockton Savings and Loan Society Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial and Savings Bank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goddess of Justice (about 400 feet away); Saint Mary’s Catholic Church (about 700 feet away); B & M Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Medico-Dental Building
California Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
2. California Building Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Compass Rose (approx. 0.2 miles away); Head of Navigation (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stockton.
 
Regarding California Building. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1980.

The building is located next to the Historic Fox Theater, now known as The Bob Hope Theater.
 
Additional comments.
1. George W. Kelham
George William Kelham (1871 - 1936) was an American architect most active in the San Francisco area. Born in Manchester, Massachusetts, Kelham was educated at Harvard and graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1896. As an employee of New York architects Trowbridge & Livingston, he was sent by the firm to San Francisco for the Palace Hotel in 1906 and stayed. Kelham was responsible for the master plan for the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco and at least five major buildings in the city, along with significant work in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. He was also supervising architect for the University of California, Berkeley campus from 1927 to 1931.
    — Submitted November 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. Farmers & Merchants Bank
Constructed in an Italian Renaissance style
California Building - Facing South San Joaquin Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
3. California Building - Facing South San Joaquin Street
by San Francisco architect George W. Kelham, the building features 25-foot (7.6 m) high coffered ceilings ornamented with painted plaster, and a central lobby with Tennessee marble floors and walls and pillars of Travertine marble from the region near Rome. It was added to the city register by resolution number 36,120 on April 2, 1979; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places as #80000850 on October 9, 1980. Presently known as the California Building, the structure is home to several professional offices.
Source: Wikipedia
    — Submitted November 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
California Building - Facing East Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
4. California Building - Facing East Main Street
Close-Up of Relief Art on Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
5. Close-Up of Relief Art on Building
Close-Up of Relief Art on Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
6. Close-Up of Relief Art on Building
Historic Fox Theater (The Bob Hope Theater) Next Door to the California Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 1, 2009
7. Historic Fox Theater (The Bob Hope Theater) Next Door to the California Building
This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 27, 1979.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 716 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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