Sanwa Bank Building

Northwest corner of Wilshire and Figueroa Streets


Built in 1986-1989, this 716 foot, 52-story building has slightly layered setbacks and clipped corners. The building has two 75 foot atria that serve as entries leading from the street into a luxurious main lobby comprised mainly of marble. One of the entrance ways is on the corner of 6th and Figueroa, the other faces Wilshire and Figueroa. With the merger of First Interstate with Wells Fargo, Sanwa has become the largest bank headquartered in Los Angeles. It is built upon the former site of Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, which joined the list of former major Los Angeles landmarks.

PHOTO: C. Roseman