Samuel Kraemer Building

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Samuel Kraemer Building (American Savings Bank/First National Bank)
Samuel Kraemer Building.jpg
Samuel Kraemer Building is located in California
Samuel Kraemer Building
Samuel Kraemer Building is located in the United States
Samuel Kraemer Building
Nearest city76 S. Claudina Street, Anaheim, California
Coordinates33°50′9″N 117°54′46″W / 33.83583°N 117.91278°W / 33.83583; -117.91278Coordinates: 33°50′9″N 117°54′46″W / 33.83583°N 117.91278°W / 33.83583; -117.91278
Built byWilson & Bever
ArchitectM. Eugene Durfee
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference #83001217[1]
Added to NRHPJune 16, 1983

The Samuel Kraemer Building, in Anaheim, California, was built in 1924-1925 by Samuel Kraemer.

It was the first high-rise building in Orange County. Samuel Kraemer 'made a fortune' from oil being discovered on his land. Kraemer invested his wealth in developing much of downtown Anaheim during the 1920s, including this six-story building for the American Savings Bank of Anaheim. The rich use of Gladding-McBean tile on the entire south and west facades arguably made it the most outstanding building in North Orange County when it was built.

Kraemer Building from Center St.jpg
Kraemer Building.jpg

Designed by local architect M. Eugene Durfee, the building was the tallest in Orange County. It remained so for over four decades.

The building once was the headquarters of El Camino Savings and Loan.

The Samuel Kraemer Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

It was noted to be "an excellent example of Renaissance Revival architecture", and to be one of few buildings surviving in Anaheim that featured extensive use of terra cotta glazed tiles.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Diann Marsh (May 12, 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Samuel Kraemer Building (American Savings Bank/First National Bank) / Old El Camino Bank Building". National Park Service. Retrieved October 24, 2016. with a photo from the 1920s and 13 photos from 1982

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