National Register of Historic Places in Contra Costa County

National Register #96001175: Bank of Pinole 6 June 2006
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National Register #96001175
Bank of Pinole
2361 San Pablo Avenue
Built 1915

The Bank of Pinole is a small, single story Neo Classic masonry building designed by Robert William Petterson and constructed in 1915 by banking pioneer Edward M. Downer Sr.

The Bank of Pinole is the only example in the community of Pinole of the classical temple form which pervaded small town bank design across the country during the early 20th century. This style of architecture drew upon classical proportions, materials of permanence and ornament to achieve the monumental quality typically sought by financial institutions during this period. This building used each of these qualities to a level deserving of recognition.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination.

In 1995, the Pinole Redevelopment Agency purchased the building for seismic upgrade and commercial reuse.

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