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San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bank of Italy

(Later Bank of America)

 
 
Bank of Italy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
1. Bank of Italy Marker
Inscription.
Headquarters from 1908 to 1921
From here A.P. Giannini launched
the branch system that transformed
the nature of banking in California

National
Historic Landmark


This site is of national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
1982
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 1982 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 47.676′ N, 122° 24.181′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Montgomery Street near Clay Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Montgomery Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (here, next to this marker); "The Family" (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of First U.S. Branch Mint (within shouting distance
Bank of Italy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
2. Bank of Italy Marker
of this marker); Western Headquarters of Russell, Majors, and Waddell (within shouting distance of this marker); Hudson's Bay Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (within shouting distance of this marker); The Montgomery Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  The Real Life “George Bailey” Who Founded Bank of Italy which Became Bank of America. The man was A.P. Giannini who was said to be who Capra modeled the character of George Bailey as well as the bank president in Capra’s 1932 movie, American Madness, after. (Submitted on February 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Bank of Italy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
3. Bank of Italy Marker
Former Bank of Italy Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 10, 2014
4. Former Bank of Italy Building
Amadeo Peter Giannini Plaque and Photo image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
5. Amadeo Peter Giannini Plaque and Photo
Inside the Bank of Italy Building
Amadeo Peter Giannini image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
6. Amadeo Peter Giannini
Close-up of photo in Bank of Italy Buiding
Amadeo Peter Gianinni Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
7. Amadeo Peter Gianinni Plaque
(Inside the Bank of Italy Building)

To honor the memory of a man
whose name is synonymous
with American Banking.
Amadeo Peter Giannini
It was at his desk located here in this
Banking Hall — first opened in 1908 as
Bank of Italy, forerunner of what was
to become Bank of America — that
A.P. Giannini Developed the concept of
today's modern branch banking systems.
banker, pioneer, legend in his own time
A.P. Giannini
1870 to 1949
BI - Bank of Italy image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
8. BI - Bank of Italy
on the steps down to the vaults in the Bank of Italy Building
Safe Deposit Boxes image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
9. Safe Deposit Boxes
Wingtips image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
10. Wingtips
Today the Bank of Italy Building is occupied by Wintips and upscale men's clothing store and social club.
The Clock image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 18, 2015
11. The Clock
Inside the Bank of Italy Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 26, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on November 28, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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