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Santa Cruz County Bank

1895

 
 
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Inscription.
Civic Renaissance Center
The Great Fire of 1894 left 3 blocks of destruction around the 1866 Cooper St. Civic Center. The Civic reconstruction promoted Renaissance designs to show “Culture” had arrived in Santa Cruz, and surrounding businesses picked up the theme. Annual “Venetian Water Carnivals” were begun on the river to celebrate the reconstruction. Due to the Cooper Street “Renaissance Center” Santa Cruz was promoted as “The Florence of the West”.
1895 Santa Cruz County Bank
The county’s pioneer banking institution of 1870 relocated to this site after the fire of 1894. The building originally has a domed tower over the corner entrance, and a raised main floor to accommodate basement level shops. The dome was removed in the expansion of 1910, when the main floor was lowered to street level, and the entrance was place on Pacific Ave. Architect Clarence Ward came from the firm of Burnham & Root. The 1979 expansion used terra cotta made from the original Gladding McBean mold. The landmark was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
After the 1989 earthquake, Pacific Western Bank preserved the building’s historic facade, and Barry Swenson Builder conducted the reconstruction. For a building so often
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remodeled, the faithful facade restoration by Barry Swenson Builder has helped preserve this exceptional part of the Downtown’s rich heritage.

1895 Architect: Van Sickle & Haynes
Enlarged 1910 & 1920: Ward & Blohme, Architects
Enlarged 1979; Terra Cotta, Gladding McBean: Sandstone Ashlar, Lafayette Mfg. Co, 1993 Restoration: Barry Swenson Builder, with project manager, Jesse L. Nickell III
Thacher & Thompson, Arch., with project manager Robert Scheren
People Assoc., Structural Engineer, with project manager Chris Tapin
 
Erected by Barry Swenson Builder.
 
Location. 36° 58.509′ N, 122° 1.579′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is at the intersection of Cooper Street and Pacific Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Cooper Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the Cooper Street side of the building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1502 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz CA 95060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pacific Avenue Commercial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Scribner (within shouting distance of this marker); People's Bank (within shouting distance of this
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marker); Santa Cruz County World War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Cruz Main Post Office (about 600 feet away); Old Theatre Building (about 600 feet away); The Hihn Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Theatre Del Mar (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
 
Regarding Santa Cruz County Bank. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Gladding McBean Plant in Lincoln, California
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 3, 2013
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By Vester Dick Photography - National Park Service, February 8, 1982
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 291 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 9, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on January 15, 2013. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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