First National Bank of Long Beach

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First National Bank of Long Beach
First National Bank of Long Beach.jpg
First National Bank building as it appeared in November 2007.
First National Bank of Long Beach is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
First National Bank of Long Beach
First National Bank of Long Beach is located in California
First National Bank of Long Beach
First National Bank of Long Beach is located in the US
First National Bank of Long Beach
Location 101--125 Pine Ave
Nearest city Long Beach, California
Coordinates 33°46′06.36″N 118°11′33.39″W / 33.7684333°N 118.1926083°W / 33.7684333; -118.1926083Coordinates: 33°46′06.36″N 118°11′33.39″W / 33.7684333°N 118.1926083°W / 33.7684333; -118.1926083
Built 1906
Architect Train & Williams
NRHP Reference # 90001432
Added to NRHP September 13, 1990

The First National Bank (also known as the Metropolitan Building and the Enloe Building) building in Long Beach, California is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The original bank building had three stories, which were surpassed in 1906 with the current building, designed by Los Angeles architects Robert F. Train and Robert E. Williams. The distinctive clock tower with its six-foot-diameter clock face was added in 1907. The structure was designed in a French Renaissance Revival style utilizing pressed yellow brick on the street sides and common red brick on the remaining two sides.

A number of bank tenants have occupied the building, including (in order):

  • The First National Bank of Long Beach (5456) (1906-1925)
  • The California National Bank of Long Beach (11873) (1925-1929)
  • California First National Bank of Long Beach (11873) (1929-1936)
  • Bank of America, National Trust & Savings Association (13044) 1936 to sometime in the 1960s.

During the 1950s, many of the original decorative elements such as the decorative cornice were removed or covered as part of modernizations efforts. In the 1980s, federal tax incentives motivated a project to restore the building to its original look and to repair the clock tower. Today, the ground floor of the building houses a restaurant.

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References[edit]

  • "First National Bank Building". City of Long Beach. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  • Mullio, Cara; Jennifer M. Volland (2004). Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis. Santa Monica, California: Hennessey and Ingalls. p. 64. ISBN 0-940512-39-4.