Bank of California Building (Portland)

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Bank of California Building
Portland Historic Landmark[2]
The Bank of California Building (also known as the Bidwell & Company Building).
Bank of California Building (Portland) is located in Portland, Oregon
Bank of California Building (Portland)
Location 330 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′16″N 122°40′38″W / 45.521203°N 122.677160°W / 45.521203; -122.677160Coordinates: 45°31′16″N 122°40′38″W / 45.521203°N 122.677160°W / 45.521203; -122.677160
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1924
Architect A. E. Doyle
Architectural style Late 19th/early 20th century revivals
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78002306[1]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1978

The Bank of California Building or also The Bidwell & Company Building, is a historic two-story building in downtown Portland, Oregon. Since 1978, it has been on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] The building is currently vacant.

This location was the site of the first Portland Central Library, which moved to its present site in the early 1920s. The Bank of California saw the lot as fit to build a Portland branch and hired local notable architect A. E. Doyle to design it. Doyle's chief designer Charles K. Greene had traveled abroad to study Greco-roman architectural forms in the 1910s.[4] The result of his research resulted in three Italianate buildings, of which the Bank of California Building was the first. The others were the Chicago/Italianate Pacific Building and the Public Service Building, an early skyscraper. The exterior lights on the Public Services Building are of the same design of those on the Bank of California Building.

The Bank of California remained at this site for 50 years until moving a couple of blocks west to the Union Bank of California Tower. The building underwent an intensive renovation in 2000.[5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved October 28, 2013 .
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Multnomah County, Oregon, pg. 1". Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  4. ^ King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pgs. 61. Gibbs Smith, 2001
  5. ^ King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pgs. 16. Gibbs Smith, 2001

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