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Bank of Italy Building

San Francisco, California
County of San Francisco.
552 Montgomery St.
National Register Number: 78000754
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Historic District: Historical.
Congressional District: CA-8 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Office Building.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - June 2, 1978):
From 1908 to 1921, this eight story, Second Renaissance Revival structure in San Francisco's financial district served as headquarters for Bank of Italy (later renamed Bank of America). Amadeo Peter Giannini (1870-1949), the son of Italian immigrants, built the tiny bank into one of the largest commercial banks in the world, and probably did more to democratize and popularize banks than any other individual.

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