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This website is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and advocating for the art commissioned by Home Savings of America for its bank branches — murals, mosaics, sculpture and more. Figueroa (now a Metro station and HSBC bank; murals extant) Los Angeles, 628 S Oxford Ave Santa Monica, 2600 Wilshire Blvd at 26th Street (Cellular Fantasy), 1970 Torrance, 1511 Cravens Ave. All new posts and continuing discussion of this artwork is at (For background on this project, see my guest post, “Saving the Banks’ Artistic Assets.”) –Millard Sheets’s signature in the mosaic on Santa Monica Blvd –Beach scene from a former Home Savings bank on Santa Monica Blvd Here is the start of a list of locations; will be amended as comments come in (last list update: January 26, 2010) Sites That Are Still Banks Anaheim, 101 S. Arcadia, 60 East Huntington Drive (at First Ave.), 1960 Beverly Hills, 9245 Wilshire Blvd. (at Amestoy Ave.), 1977 Garden Grove, 11922 Brookhurst St. (now a Time Warner Cable office) Other Millard Sheets murals still extant: Alhambra, Mark Keppel High School, Hellman Ave. (at Rexford Drive), 1953 Buena Park, 7964 Beach Blvd. at Almansor St., 1939 Beverly Hills, First Bank, 9145 Wilshire Blvd. Foothill Ave (once Sheets’s studio and office; now Claremont Eye Association) Claremont, Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now USBank), exterior,393 West Foothill Blvd. (at Laurel Canyon Blvd.), 1970 San Diego, 4650 Mission Bay Dr at Garnet Ave San Francisco, Coronado, 925 Orange Avenue (is or was Petco) La Mesa, 5300 Jackson Dr (Barbeques Galore) Los Angeles, 654 S. (at Oxford) — reconstructed after original demolished? (near Silver Spur), 1974 – now restored Studio City, 12051 Ventura Blvd. (northeast corner), 1970 Los Angeles, 3731 Wilshire Blvd. Colorado Blvd at Lake Ave., 1963 Pomona, 100 West Second St. Pacific Coast Highway Rancho Palos Verdes, 27319 Hawthorne Blvd. (at Indian Hill Blvd.), 1969 Claremont, Scripps College Garrison Theater, East 10th St. (between Dartmouth and Columbia avenues), 1966 Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Main St. (above entrances at Main and Los Angeles streets), 1973 Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now Chase), interior, 399 North Garey Ave. (at Center St), 1956 San Jose Airport Terminal C, 1977, Home Savings had a branch at 249 E. in Long Beach (corner of Long Beach Blvd.) which had a mosaic over the front door as I recall. I believe the mural was plastered over, but I’m not sure Files/Long Beach/Home Savings It’s now being renovated into The Vault 350, but the mural is still there There’s an old HSL with beautiful murals on the corner of Sunset and Vine. oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=international city bank long beach, ca&fb=1&gl=us&hq=international city bank&hnear=Long Beach, CA&cid=0,0,2108748149562504012&ei=Zrw KTKS0EZv EMZz91b UE&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQnw Iw AA There was another downtown Long Beach Home Savings located at 350 Pine Ave. Also one on the corner of Wilshire and Rexford in Beverly Hills. Thanks so much for setting up a great project — those locations truly are treasures. Perhaps the ones in LA are better protected, by the mural laws and the expense of the real estate. Here are two links to pages describing the locations, both from the fantastic publicartinla website: again! I wonder where in Orange County, for example, they exist… Santa Monica native here, I just started conversations with SM City Guv’ment about pushing for the mosaic and statues receive Landmark Status. The corner of 26th and Wilshire is slated for review in 2010. I think there are some in Torrance too, however I can’t remember the exact address (Torrance Blvd? Pasadena Branch @ Lake and Colorado is now being converted to CHASE and they were about to paint over the mural. Cultural Affairs will follow-up to find a new home. I have spoken with the JP Morgan Chase Bank public-relations folks in Los Angeles, and he said they are working to identify murals and mosaics, as they change over the brand, and to stay aware of this historic artwork in the community. ) I’ve linked my Lake Avenue, Pasadena blog to yours. I have also found a more complete list of the murals in the LA basin; I will be updating the list above with the building locations soon. I grew up in LA and always loved looking at the murals on the Home Savings Banks. We’re working on the fate of the Millard Sheets’ murals here at Lake and Colorado. In the South Bay, there are several former Home S&Ls that I think feature Sheets’ work (no one can confirm that the mosaics are his). One is the former Torrance City Hall (a picture is on my blog at Home Savings occupied the building for awhile, then moved a few blocks away to a site on Torrance Blvd, which is now a Chase Bank. I have pictures of mosaics there too, not posted yet. At the foot of TOrrance Blvd in Redondo Beach is another bank–Chase or Wells Fargo, at 301 Torrance Blvd–with a beautiful mosaic of birds in flight over the entrance. If there is a serious effort afoot to save this artwork, I’d like to know about it–Thanks! I can’t get a great look at them on Google Maps, but they do seem to follow in Sheets’ style, despite the newness of the building. Something totally new, to blend into the Home Savings/Wa Mu/now Chase legacy? “Constructed in 1989, the three story, stone clad structure is one of a number of iconic, fresco clad buildings built by Home Savings Bank in the 1980s. We are a family of Sheets cousins who are very interested in having his mural and other work preserved. Very glad to have you aboard, and very sorry to hear about that in Northern California! With some quick photos, perhaps we can trace the connections. The property was transferred when Washington Mutual Bank acquired Home Savings in 1998 and again when JP Morgan Chase Bank acquired Washington Mutual in late 2008.” That would be great. He believed in art for the people, and a bank is the perfect spot. As mentioned above, there was a threat in Pasadena, but it was averted. I assume it does simply show a reverence for Sheets as the bank’s LA Valley “look,” but it will worth adding those artists, and perhaps the instructions they were given, to the project research. I have found articles updating the situation in Pasadena: and mentioning a threatened Sheets mural in a terminal of the San Jose airport they plan to tear down: If I can do anything to help preserve family artifacts or these threatened murals, please let me know! I will update the site as my research advances as well. There is a group who has lots of photos of the LA sites: t=15619 …and here we have good info on some San Diego and San Francisco mosaics and murals. Soon it is definitely time for a new front page — I’ll get to that this month, with any luck. Thanks everyone, and let’s keep working together to save this art, either in situ or in museums. Hello, I am the current Chairman of the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. We are presently exploring doing a Multiple Property Nomination of all of the Home Savings Buildings. I was wondering if any of you might be interested in participating? The mosaic on the facade of the Chase Bank in Palos Verdes has been restored and looks great. A picture is on my blog at Herman, brilliant librarian, has found the online archive list of Millard Sheets’ papers and project files, held by the Smithsonian. Here is the link: Boxes 12-14 are specifically labeled Home Savings, and list all the cities. Available Formats The collection is available on microfilm reels 5676-5707 and for interlibrary loan. Vickey, this humble ex-librarian should have included this info about the papers: How to Use the Collection Restrictions on Use The Millard Sheets papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Adam, thanks for the comment you left on my story, “Millard Sheets mural of Rose Parade may be removed from Pasadena Bank”. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The current placement is not at all what was intended when the mural was installed in the orginal Home Savings. I hope that in removing and reinstalling it elsewhere, it will actually be displayed properly. Anyone interested can check out my story at Please leave comments. I would also appreciate any info on Sheets artwork in Altadena. There used to be a Home Savings, but it was pretty low-end. It might be I write a more comprehensive article later. Here are addresses for the former Home Savings in Torrance: 1511 Cravens Ave. 90501(Original Torrance City Hall, then a Home Savings & Loan; now a Time Warner Cable office.) 2121 Torrance Blvd. 90501 (Home Savings & Loan moved there from Cravens; now a Chase Bank) Here’s the Redondo Beach location: 301 S. Pacific Coast Highway 90277 (I’m surprised–it actually faces Torrance Blvd. Here’s the museum link: I have posted three articles regarding the upcoming Sheets exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. PMCA Clellandiscussses Sheets I came across a reference to a Millard Sheets Mosaic on the 21st floor of the Westwood Towers at 1100 Glendon. and is now a Wells Fargo Bank) And–how do I send pictures? The reference was in the Los Angeles Times of June 16, 1967, when that location was the Westwood Tower Club, a pretty swanky place to eat. Since it’s Friday evening, no one’s answering the phone so I can’t ask if there’s a mosaic in their offices. I was just in Coronado, CA, where I saw an unoccupied former bank which must have been a Home Savings. You are welcome to copy from my blog posts (history Los Angeles.blogspot.com), but I have photos of 2121 Torrance Blvd. Those of you in the Pasadena area might be interested in the Millard Sheets exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It had a mural that looked like something by Millard Sheets. There is also a very well-preserved old Home Savings at 1402 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose, CA. Just noticed that the Smithsonian lists an office building at 655 E. Foothill Ave in Claremont among Millard Sheets’ works. I no longer live in the area, but I called the Claremont Eye Assoc (current tenant). The receptionist tells me there are actually two small buildings at that address, and there are mosaics over one doorway. Very possible the Library of the Claremont Colleges has pictures, but I haven’t checked. Did you know that one of his murals was nearly lost when Chase renovated the old Wa Mu branches? See my blog post at: am now activly working with Chase Bank and San Jose Airport to save my Father’s work. Often the process is complicated and expensive, and it is difficult to find new locations to move the artworks to where they will fit. Today’s new generations are unaware of the importance of protecting the past and of the treasure which exist and cannot be replaced. Thank all of you for your efforts in this important mission. Please let me know if you see transgressions against my Father’s work and I will do my best to get involved. The California Arts Act has real teeth and can be enforced where there is destruction of artworks without documented efforts to save them. As an artist myself, working in the public and private sectors, I have seen firsthand the value of art in our everyday society. I have also seen and assisted building owners , after every avenue of saving art has been exhausted, in recording the art with a permenant record, and then allow it to be removed and destroyed. This was done after looking closely at the need for reconstruction which caused the art removal. If we do not work together for creative solutions to these infrequent occasions, futue developers will not support the use of art in their projects. May we continue to work to find the best possible outcome to sometimes difficult problems. Best, Tony Hi Adam – thanks for this great portal and all the info from readers is fantastic. Just wanted to introduce myself (your guest post links to my site). I’ve been documenting Sheets’s murals for over 10 years. I worked with Denis O’Connor and have cataloged hundreds of site photographs, stories, and technical information on the HSA/HSL installations. I’m a professional mosaicist, and specialize in American mosaic history and provenance. Currently, I’m working on several fronts here in San Francisco Bay Area on other large scale mid-century mosaic works that are confronting preservation/demolition issues. I do feel there is a growing awareness, in part due to the CA Arts Act, that we can protect/preserve/document this exquisite work and mark an important period of American art history. Seems everyone here agrees and thanks again to all who contribute to the cause, Best, Lillian Lillian, Brian — Thanks for getting in touch, and for your knowledge about the mosaics. Watch for updates coming soon — about my pending move to LA, and upcoming presentations of my research. A couple of corrections for your list: the Buena Park location at 7964 Beach Blvd is still a Chase Bank. It is located across the street from a former HS&L at 8010 Beach Blvd which still has a mural out front. The original HS&L at 3731 Wilshire Blvd was demolished, but the new building in its place does have a Chase Bank with artwork that may have come from the old building. The original HS&L at 654 S Figueroa was demolished, but the new building in its place now houses a Metro station entrance and HSBC bank (now 660 S Fig) with murals on two sides. The bank has at least one mural inside, and the Metro station has several murals in the ceiling as you enter. I’ve been taking part in the LA Conservancy’s efforts to document the HS&L’s artwork. The location that seems to be in the worst shape is in Compton at 1801 N Long Beach Blvd (1958). Someone painted epoxy over the murals in front, and that is deteriorating and flaking off. Thanks for the corrections; I will put them in the list. And — full details coming soon — I’ll be in the Southland every week starting in July, so I’ll look forward to checking out more locations myself… PDQ, I’ve recently been to the former HS&L at 249 E Ocean Blvd in Long Beach. Thanks for the second Long Beach address — I’ve not seen that listed anywhere before. Also, I’ve seen a lot of sites that give a 1953 date for the Beverly Hills branch, however, the mural is dated 1955, and that’s what the city tax records indicate as well. If you go to the lottaliving forum mentioned above, you’ll find addresses and photos of over a dozen locations with art that I don’t see here, including Alhambra, Burbank, Downey, Huntington Park, Lakewood, La Mesa, La Mirada, Monterey Park, Northridge, Rialto, Tujunga, Westminster and Woodland Hills. The entrance to the corporate headquarters building in Irwindale had two mosaic panels by Susan Hertel. I was told these panels came from the Long Beach branch when it was closed. When Home Savings was bought by Wa Mu, I was contacted by two ladies from Claremont Scripps College. They were interested in the Millard Sheets and Susan Hertel artwork, because of their involvement with the college. I got approval from the company to donate the two Long Beach panels to the College, but the college had to raise the money to remove the panels and install them in the new location. I was laid off in June 1999 and don’t know if the panels ever made it to Claremont Scripps. I found your site because of a lifelong appreciation of the mosaic located at 300 S. I wondered how long it’s current owner would preserve it. Can’t verify it was Curiosity led me to an article regarding the 1998 WAMU purchase. It lists all the locations to be consolidated- with addresses. San Fran sample of HS art HS mural artist for those links — the consolidation list is an especially good find. How about the ones in the midwest installed when HSL bought other branches. I will add it in with the list of known Sheets projects, and we should have a good “punch list” of which sites need to be investigated for saving. Sarah Further research finds that my treasured 3rd Ave.@ El Camino Real mural is not an HS site. Untitled designed by Louis Macouillard executed by artisan Alphanso Pardinas. As for preservation, these are *should* be covered by state law — but the owners are not always aware of this. Is the Northridge HSL with the Cowboy and Indian still there? Five mosaic murals, spanning 25 feet, created as tribute to Bank of America founder A. Giannini and symbolically representing the bank’s history .” Rather than disappointed, I am more intrigued about the public art contributed by banks, in an era when these institutions were truly a part of their communities. Adam, I googled your website after reading Vickey Kalambakal in Westways. Adam…thank you for your two part message…Frank would love to talk with you. An example Of similar interest- Home Savings Bank of Albany, NY (not affiliated with CA) Building (1927) (North Pearl Street) (19 floors) with colored Indian chiefs & helmeted conquistadors. I am Howard Ahmanson Jr., the only child of Howard Ahmanson, and I’m quite concerned that these things be preserved. This website is dedicated to identifying, preserving, and advocating for the art commissioned by Home Savings of America for its bank branches — murals, mosaics, sculpture and more. Figueroa (now a Metro station and HSBC bank; murals extant) Los Angeles, 628 S Oxford Ave Santa Monica, 2600 Wilshire Blvd at 26th Street (Cellular Fantasy), 1970 Torrance, 1511 Cravens Ave. All new posts and continuing discussion of this artwork is at (For background on this project, see my guest post, “Saving the Banks’ Artistic Assets.”) –Millard Sheets’s signature in the mosaic on Santa Monica Blvd –Beach scene from a former Home Savings bank on Santa Monica Blvd Here is the start of a list of locations; will be amended as comments come in (last list update: January 26, 2010) Sites That Are Still Banks Anaheim, 101 S. Arcadia, 60 East Huntington Drive (at First Ave.), 1960 Beverly Hills, 9245 Wilshire Blvd. (at Amestoy Ave.), 1977 Garden Grove, 11922 Brookhurst St. (now a Time Warner Cable office) Other Millard Sheets murals still extant: Alhambra, Mark Keppel High School, Hellman Ave. (at Rexford Drive), 1953 Buena Park, 7964 Beach Blvd. at Almansor St., 1939 Beverly Hills, First Bank, 9145 Wilshire Blvd. Foothill Ave (once Sheets’s studio and office; now Claremont Eye Association) Claremont, Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now USBank), exterior,393 West Foothill Blvd. (at Laurel Canyon Blvd.), 1970 San Diego, 4650 Mission Bay Dr at Garnet Ave San Francisco, Coronado, 925 Orange Avenue (is or was Petco) La Mesa, 5300 Jackson Dr (Barbeques Galore) Los Angeles, 654 S. (at Oxford) — reconstructed after original demolished? (near Silver Spur), 1974 – now restored Studio City, 12051 Ventura Blvd. (northeast corner), 1970 Los Angeles, 3731 Wilshire Blvd. Colorado Blvd at Lake Ave., 1963 Pomona, 100 West Second St. Pacific Coast Highway Rancho Palos Verdes, 27319 Hawthorne Blvd. (at Indian Hill Blvd.), 1969 Claremont, Scripps College Garrison Theater, East 10th St. (between Dartmouth and Columbia avenues), 1966 Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Main St. (above entrances at Main and Los Angeles streets), 1973 Pomona First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now Chase), interior, 399 North Garey Ave. (at Center St), 1956 San Jose Airport Terminal C, 1977, Home Savings had a branch at 249 E. in Long Beach (corner of Long Beach Blvd.) which had a mosaic over the front door as I recall. I believe the mural was plastered over, but I’m not sure Files/Long Beach/Home Savings It’s now being renovated into The Vault 350, but the mural is still there There’s an old HSL with beautiful murals on the corner of Sunset and Vine. oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=international city bank long beach, ca&fb=1&gl=us&hq=international city bank&hnear=Long Beach, CA&cid=0,0,2108748149562504012&ei=Zrw KTKS0EZv EMZz91b UE&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQnw Iw AA There was another downtown Long Beach Home Savings located at 350 Pine Ave. Also one on the corner of Wilshire and Rexford in Beverly Hills. Thanks so much for setting up a great project — those locations truly are treasures. Perhaps the ones in LA are better protected, by the mural laws and the expense of the real estate. Here are two links to pages describing the locations, both from the fantastic publicartinla website: again! I wonder where in Orange County, for example, they exist… Santa Monica native here, I just started conversations with SM City Guv’ment about pushing for the mosaic and statues receive Landmark Status. The corner of 26th and Wilshire is slated for review in 2010. I think there are some in Torrance too, however I can’t remember the exact address (Torrance Blvd? Pasadena Branch @ Lake and Colorado is now being converted to CHASE and they were about to paint over the mural. Cultural Affairs will follow-up to find a new home. I have spoken with the JP Morgan Chase Bank public-relations folks in Los Angeles, and he said they are working to identify murals and mosaics, as they change over the brand, and to stay aware of this historic artwork in the community. ) I’ve linked my Lake Avenue, Pasadena blog to yours. I have also found a more complete list of the murals in the LA basin; I will be updating the list above with the building locations soon. I grew up in LA and always loved looking at the murals on the Home Savings Banks. We’re working on the fate of the Millard Sheets’ murals here at Lake and Colorado. In the South Bay, there are several former Home S&Ls that I think feature Sheets’ work (no one can confirm that the mosaics are his). One is the former Torrance City Hall (a picture is on my blog at Home Savings occupied the building for awhile, then moved a few blocks away to a site on Torrance Blvd, which is now a Chase Bank. I have pictures of mosaics there too, not posted yet. At the foot of TOrrance Blvd in Redondo Beach is another bank–Chase or Wells Fargo, at 301 Torrance Blvd–with a beautiful mosaic of birds in flight over the entrance. If there is a serious effort afoot to save this artwork, I’d like to know about it–Thanks! I can’t get a great look at them on Google Maps, but they do seem to follow in Sheets’ style, despite the newness of the building. Something totally new, to blend into the Home Savings/Wa Mu/now Chase legacy? “Constructed in 1989, the three story, stone clad structure is one of a number of iconic, fresco clad buildings built by Home Savings Bank in the 1980s. We are a family of Sheets cousins who are very interested in having his mural and other work preserved. Very glad to have you aboard, and very sorry to hear about that in Northern California! With some quick photos, perhaps we can trace the connections. The property was transferred when Washington Mutual Bank acquired Home Savings in 1998 and again when JP Morgan Chase Bank acquired Washington Mutual in late 2008.” That would be great. He believed in art for the people, and a bank is the perfect spot. As mentioned above, there was a threat in Pasadena, but it was averted. I assume it does simply show a reverence for Sheets as the bank’s LA Valley “look,” but it will worth adding those artists, and perhaps the instructions they were given, to the project research. I have found articles updating the situation in Pasadena: and mentioning a threatened Sheets mural in a terminal of the San Jose airport they plan to tear down: If I can do anything to help preserve family artifacts or these threatened murals, please let me know! I will update the site as my research advances as well. There is a group who has lots of photos of the LA sites: t=15619 …and here we have good info on some San Diego and San Francisco mosaics and murals. Soon it is definitely time for a new front page — I’ll get to that this month, with any luck. Thanks everyone, and let’s keep working together to save this art, either in situ or in museums. Hello, I am the current Chairman of the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy. We are presently exploring doing a Multiple Property Nomination of all of the Home Savings Buildings. I was wondering if any of you might be interested in participating? The mosaic on the facade of the Chase Bank in Palos Verdes has been restored and looks great. A picture is on my blog at Herman, brilliant librarian, has found the online archive list of Millard Sheets’ papers and project files, held by the Smithsonian. Here is the link: Boxes 12-14 are specifically labeled Home Savings, and list all the cities. Available Formats The collection is available on microfilm reels 5676-5707 and for interlibrary loan. Vickey, this humble ex-librarian should have included this info about the papers: How to Use the Collection Restrictions on Use The Millard Sheets papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Adam, thanks for the comment you left on my story, “Millard Sheets mural of Rose Parade may be removed from Pasadena Bank”. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The current placement is not at all what was intended when the mural was installed in the orginal Home Savings. I hope that in removing and reinstalling it elsewhere, it will actually be displayed properly. Anyone interested can check out my story at Please leave comments. I would also appreciate any info on Sheets artwork in Altadena. There used to be a Home Savings, but it was pretty low-end. It might be I write a more comprehensive article later. Here are addresses for the former Home Savings in Torrance: 1511 Cravens Ave. 90501(Original Torrance City Hall, then a Home Savings & Loan; now a Time Warner Cable office.) 2121 Torrance Blvd. 90501 (Home Savings & Loan moved there from Cravens; now a Chase Bank) Here’s the Redondo Beach location: 301 S. Pacific Coast Highway 90277 (I’m surprised–it actually faces Torrance Blvd. Here’s the museum link: I have posted three articles regarding the upcoming Sheets exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. PMCA Clellandiscussses Sheets I came across a reference to a Millard Sheets Mosaic on the 21st floor of the Westwood Towers at 1100 Glendon. and is now a Wells Fargo Bank) And–how do I send pictures? The reference was in the Los Angeles Times of June 16, 1967, when that location was the Westwood Tower Club, a pretty swanky place to eat. Since it’s Friday evening, no one’s answering the phone so I can’t ask if there’s a mosaic in their offices. I was just in Coronado, CA, where I saw an unoccupied former bank which must have been a Home Savings. You are welcome to copy from my blog posts (history Los Angeles.blogspot.com), but I have photos of 2121 Torrance Blvd. Those of you in the Pasadena area might be interested in the Millard Sheets exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It had a mural that looked like something by Millard Sheets. There is also a very well-preserved old Home Savings at 1402 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose, CA. Just noticed that the Smithsonian lists an office building at 655 E. Foothill Ave in Claremont among Millard Sheets’ works. I no longer live in the area, but I called the Claremont Eye Assoc (current tenant). The receptionist tells me there are actually two small buildings at that address, and there are mosaics over one doorway. Very possible the Library of the Claremont Colleges has pictures, but I haven’t checked. Did you know that one of his murals was nearly lost when Chase renovated the old Wa Mu branches? See my blog post at: am now activly working with Chase Bank and San Jose Airport to save my Father’s work. Often the process is complicated and expensive, and it is difficult to find new locations to move the artworks to where they will fit. Today’s new generations are unaware of the importance of protecting the past and of the treasure which exist and cannot be replaced. Thank all of you for your efforts in this important mission. Please let me know if you see transgressions against my Father’s work and I will do my best to get involved. The California Arts Act has real teeth and can be enforced where there is destruction of artworks without documented efforts to save them. As an artist myself, working in the public and private sectors, I have seen firsthand the value of art in our everyday society. I have also seen and assisted building owners , after every avenue of saving art has been exhausted, in recording the art with a permenant record, and then allow it to be removed and destroyed. This was done after looking closely at the need for reconstruction which caused the art removal. If we do not work together for creative solutions to these infrequent occasions, futue developers will not support the use of art in their projects. May we continue to work to find the best possible outcome to sometimes difficult problems. Best, Tony Hi Adam – thanks for this great portal and all the info from readers is fantastic. Just wanted to introduce myself (your guest post links to my site). I’ve been documenting Sheets’s murals for over 10 years. I worked with Denis O’Connor and have cataloged hundreds of site photographs, stories, and technical information on the HSA/HSL installations. I’m a professional mosaicist, and specialize in American mosaic history and provenance. Currently, I’m working on several fronts here in San Francisco Bay Area on other large scale mid-century mosaic works that are confronting preservation/demolition issues. I do feel there is a growing awareness, in part due to the CA Arts Act, that we can protect/preserve/document this exquisite work and mark an important period of American art history. Seems everyone here agrees and thanks again to all who contribute to the cause, Best, Lillian Lillian, Brian — Thanks for getting in touch, and for your knowledge about the mosaics. Watch for updates coming soon — about my pending move to LA, and upcoming presentations of my research. A couple of corrections for your list: the Buena Park location at 7964 Beach Blvd is still a Chase Bank. It is located across the street from a former HS&L at 8010 Beach Blvd which still has a mural out front. The original HS&L at 3731 Wilshire Blvd was demolished, but the new building in its place does have a Chase Bank with artwork that may have come from the old building. The original HS&L at 654 S Figueroa was demolished, but the new building in its place now houses a Metro station entrance and HSBC bank (now 660 S Fig) with murals on two sides. The bank has at least one mural inside, and the Metro station has several murals in the ceiling as you enter. I’ve been taking part in the LA Conservancy’s efforts to document the HS&L’s artwork. The location that seems to be in the worst shape is in Compton at 1801 N Long Beach Blvd (1958). Someone painted epoxy over the murals in front, and that is deteriorating and flaking off. Thanks for the corrections; I will put them in the list. And — full details coming soon — I’ll be in the Southland every week starting in July, so I’ll look forward to checking out more locations myself… PDQ, I’ve recently been to the former HS&L at 249 E Ocean Blvd in Long Beach. Thanks for the second Long Beach address — I’ve not seen that listed anywhere before. Also, I’ve seen a lot of sites that give a 1953 date for the Beverly Hills branch, however, the mural is dated 1955, and that’s what the city tax records indicate as well. If you go to the lottaliving forum mentioned above, you’ll find addresses and photos of over a dozen locations with art that I don’t see here, including Alhambra, Burbank, Downey, Huntington Park, Lakewood, La Mesa, La Mirada, Monterey Park, Northridge, Rialto, Tujunga, Westminster and Woodland Hills. The entrance to the corporate headquarters building in Irwindale had two mosaic panels by Susan Hertel. I was told these panels came from the Long Beach branch when it was closed. When Home Savings was bought by Wa Mu, I was contacted by two ladies from Claremont Scripps College. They were interested in the Millard Sheets and Susan Hertel artwork, because of their involvement with the college. I got approval from the company to donate the two Long Beach panels to the College, but the college had to raise the money to remove the panels and install them in the new location. I was laid off in June 1999 and don’t know if the panels ever made it to Claremont Scripps. I found your site because of a lifelong appreciation of the mosaic located at 300 S. I wondered how long it’s current owner would preserve it. Can’t verify it was Curiosity led me to an article regarding the 1998 WAMU purchase. It lists all the locations to be consolidated- with addresses. San Fran sample of HS art HS mural artist for those links — the consolidation list is an especially good find. How about the ones in the midwest installed when HSL bought other branches. I will add it in with the list of known Sheets projects, and we should have a good “punch list” of which sites need to be investigated for saving. Sarah Further research finds that my treasured 3rd Ave.@ El Camino Real mural is not an HS site. Untitled designed by Louis Macouillard executed by artisan Alphanso Pardinas. As for preservation, these are *should* be covered by state law — but the owners are not always aware of this. Is the Northridge HSL with the Cowboy and Indian still there? Five mosaic murals, spanning 25 feet, created as tribute to Bank of America founder A. Giannini and symbolically representing the bank’s history .” Rather than disappointed, I am more intrigued about the public art contributed by banks, in an era when these institutions were truly a part of their communities. Adam, I googled your website after reading Vickey Kalambakal in Westways. Adam…thank you for your two part message…Frank would love to talk with you. An example Of similar interest- Home Savings Bank of Albany, NY (not affiliated with CA) Building (1927) (North Pearl Street) (19 floors) with colored Indian chiefs & helmeted conquistadors. I am Howard Ahmanson Jr., the only child of Howard Ahmanson, and I’m quite concerned that these things be preserved.

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