Union Bank Building

Figueroa, between 4th and 5th

According to Thomas Meeker of Equitable-Nissei Figueroa Company, "the Union Bank Plaza was the first Bunker Hill Redevelopment Project Area building. It was built in 1965-67 by Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, was designed by a New York based architect that used A.C. Martin as a local consulting architect and engineer. Forty stories, 620,000 square feet, the building was renovated in 1994-5 by its current owners, The Equitable-Nissei Figueroa Company, a partnership between The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States and the Nippon Life Insurance Company. The building is the Southern California headquarters for Union Bank of California. Connecticut General's commitment to build the project and Union Bank's relocation there were widely credited at the time with helping to stay the flight from Downtown of financial institutions, many of which relocated from Spring Street to the mid-Wilshire area. Next year, the building will celebrate its 30th birthday, and it remains a Class A property despite its age."

PHOTO: G. DeVerteuil.