Farmers and Merchants Bank

4th and Main

Across the street from the Barclay Hotel is the Farmers and Merchants Bank, one of the oldest remaining bank buildings. It predates most of the banks that were built on nearby Spring Street, a thoroughfare that would eventually become the "Wall Street of the West."

This, along with two neighboring buildings, have been renovated for new residential space. This corner, at 4th and Main, is one of the centers of downtown gentrification. Despite its location at the edge of Skid Row, the corner remains vibrant long into the night, with several clubs and two outdoor patios patronized by visitors and residents alike.

PHOTO: J. Mapes (top); 1920s postcard (above)