2 E Congress St

2 E. Congress Street (9/29)

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Consolidated National Bank Building (Chase Bank Building)…2 E. Congress Street

In 1929, this building was designed by the Los Angeles architectural and engineering firm, Walker and Eisen. It is defined by a rectilinear plan with ten stories of three-part vertical block and a basement. It has a high first-story banking room, which includes a mezzanine and office above. The skeleton of the building is a fireproof steel frame with a poured concrete exterior. The design and decoration were very late examples of the influence of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which showcased many examples of eclectic revival styles. The interior decoration and mural paintings are a further testament to the Exposition, in which American art became international.

Cross Stone Ave. and continue west to The Fox Theatre.