San Francisco Points of Interest

The Hallidie Plaza Branch of the Bank of Italy was designed by Bliss & Faville and built in 1920. 12 January 2020
Hallidie Plaza Branch of the Bank of Italy
1 Powell Street
Built 1920
When this building was constructed, it was partly hidden from Market Street by other buildings which were demolished in 1973 to create space for Hallidie Plaza.

Bliss and Faville won a design contest entered by eleven invited competitors. Their Renaissance/Baroque design resembles the University Club in New York City designed by McKim, Mead and White. An article in Architect and Engineer considered the line between inspiration and plagiarism but decided in favor of Bliss and Faville, stating that this is a building of unusual distinction.

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