Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
Commonwealth Savings Building (Primary)
Commonwealth Savings Building (Historic)
CitiBank (Alternative)
5077 N LANKERSHIM BLVD (Alternative)
Important Dates
1961-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
Commonwealth Savings Building - PHOTO
Resource Types
Building
Builder
Owner

Location Information

Addresses
5077 N LANKERSHIM BLVD Primary
5073 N LANKERSHIM BLVD Alternative
5067 N LANKERSHIM BLVD Alternative
5069 N LANKERSHIM BLVD Alternative
5063 N LANKERSHIM BLVD Alternative
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
North Hollywood - Valley Village Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 2 (Council District)
MID-TOWN NORTH HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
N. HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Commercial-Finance, Bank/Savings & Loan   Use: Historic     Style: International    
Type: California OHP Resource Attribute - HP07. 3+ story commercial building          
Features
Component: Cladding Type: Glass skin; Stone; Stucco, smooth Material: none defined
Component: Construction Type: Steel Material: none defined
Component: Details Type: Planters Material: none defined
Component: Door Type: Glazed, fully; Double Material: Metal
Component: Façade Type: Asymmetrical Material: none defined
Component: Plan Type: Irregular Material: none defined
Component: Roof Type: Flat; Parapet, flat Material: none defined
Component: Storefront Type: Flush; Multiple; Planters Material: Stucco Tile
Component: Window Type: Grouped; Floor-to-ceiling Material: Aluminum

Narrative Description

No description available
Alterations
Signage altered

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2012-07-23
Context/Theme
Commercial Development, 1850-1980
Banks and Financial Institutions, 1870-1980
Commercial - Finance
Bank/Saving & Loan
Eligibility Standards
  • May also be significant under a theme within the Architecture context
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Significant as a property type (C)
  • Significant for events (A)
  • Was historically designed and used as a bank building
  • Integrity Aspects
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    Association
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3S
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Significant example of a high-rise savings and loan building, representing the prosperity of the home savings and loan business in the San Fernando Valley in the post World War II era.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1961-01-01

    Date Evaluated
    2012-07-23
    Context/Theme
    Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
    L.A. Modernism, 1919-1980
    Post-War Modernism, 1946-1975
    Corporate International, 1949-1975
    Commercial
    Eligibility Standards
  • Was constructed during the period of significance
  • Exhibits quality of design through distinctive features
  • Retains the essential character defining features of Corporate Modernism from the period of significance
  • Box-shaped form
  • Constructed of concrete, steel and glass
  • Flat roofs, either with flush eaves or cantilevered slabs
  • Lack of applied ornament
  • Articulated ground story, often double-height and set back behind columns or pilotis
  • Integral parking lot, either subterranean or above grade
  • Landscaped plaza or integral plantings at ground floor
  • Horizontal bands of flush, metal-framed windows, or curtain walls
  • Integrity Aspects
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    Association
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3S
    3CS
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of the International style in a bank tower designed by architect Gerald H. Bense & Associates. It exhibits high quality of design.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1961-01-01

    External References

    External System References

    SurveyLA ID: 764f20d9-3fb4-4331-946f-827d698e99b1
    Property Identification Number: 171B173 924
    Property Identification Number: 171B173 924
    Property Identification Number: 171B173 943
    Property Identification Number: 171B173 924
    Property Identification Number: 171B173 943
    House ID: 71493

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    None

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities


    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

    Gerald H. Bense & Associates (Architecture/Design Firm or Partnership, was designed by /designed)
    Architectural Resources Group (Surveying Firm, was surveyed by / surveyed)

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: North Hollywood-Valley Village Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)