National Register of Historic Places in San Joaquin County

National Register #80000851: Bank of Tracy
21 June 2009
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National Register #80000851
Bank of Tracy
801 Central Avenue
Built 1920

Designed by William H. Weeks, the Bank of Tracy is a well-executed example of a Classical Revival structure. Weeks is best known for his many schools, banks, libraries and business blocks throughout northern California.

The Classical Revival style was popular for banks in the 20th century. Stability and the promise of future growth were summed up by stately, confident lines. The air of permanence, generated by the classic tradition, was particularly suitable for banks at a time when closings were more common than today.

Weeks' first plan did not include the monumental engaged columns on the facade, but called for square brick piers. Changing the design to include the imposing columns was a telling point, underlining the importance of the idiom and what it represented.

Source: Adapted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 1980.

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