Friday, February 1, 2013

A. E. Doyle's Bank of California Building, No. 7

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Next are two photos of just a portion of the entrance portico which I managed to photograph. You can make out the bronze and the marble in this one. The original floor was marble, too. According to the paperwork for the National Register of Historic Places, it is made with Hungarian Red, Taverne Le Pink Tennessee, and Jaune Nile. Surely those three different colors represent these three marbles and the floor today is the original floor. Oh, I hope so. 


And here's what was written in the application for the National Register of Historic Places about the entrance: The entrance to the building is through a handsome bronze portico set in the middle arched window opening at the west facade, and boasts a pair of bronze gates which can be slid in front of the double entrance doors. The original bronze-framed doors were removed a number of years ago and replaced by automatic tempered glass doors. 

Here's the same vintage photo as yesterday--I wanted to be certain you've noticed that entrance to the building through the bronze portico. A portion of it is there on the left of the photo. The marble columns and arches visible make me happy because, even with the changes to the lobby made by Durham and Bates, no one messed with the entrance portico!


Jack said...

The indistinct reflections in the first two photos give them an interesting effect that would not have been present if you had been on the other side of the glass.

Randy said...

Looks like they had a marble entry. Love the vintage shot too.