Niles in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
“The Bankers Building”
A Fremont Bank Building
This building was originally constructed as the Niles Branch of the Bank of Alameda County. Its doors opened on Monday, September 23, 1929. The construction was considered a “new modern building” that would be “a model of banking efficiency.”
Great pride was taken in selecting the materials. The bricks, made of mulberry clay, were fabricated in San Francisco. The interior designers would “endeavor to make this bank the most striking in this township.” The bank was equipped with ornamental gates and partitions. A vault manufactured by Herman Safe was installed and still exists today. The building was described as “A bank with a personality” in “one of the richest and fastest growing communities in the State.” This striking facility was built at a cost of $40,000.
The building has continually been utilized as a bank facility since its origin. Threatened by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, the masonry structure required seismic retrofitting. The reconstruction and renovation was done in 2002 by Fremont Bank for use as a private meeting facility. The renovations were funded and completed to provide a place where ideas can be created and to continue a legacy of goodwill for generations to follow.
The building name was selected to honor all
Location. 37° 34.598′ N, 121° 58.676′ W. Marker is in Niles, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Niles Boulevard near J Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37611 Niles Boulevard, Fremont CA 94536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Essanay Studio Site (about 600 feet away); Vallejo Flour Mill (about 700 feet away); Site of First Post Office (about 700 feet away); Essanay Film Studio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pioneer Schoolhouse & Chapel (approx. one mile away); Mormon Pioneers / Mormon Pioneer Adobes (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Chadbourne Carriage House (approx. 2.1 miles away).
Also see . . . The Fremont Bank Vault. The original bank vault has been converted to a wine cellar complete with a Gold Rush themed mural. (Submitted on November 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Additional keywords. Banking
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,236 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 3. submitted on March 17, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.