First National Bank of San Jose (1963)
San Jose, California
Architect for the First National Bank was Melvin Rojko for the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation of America. It is currently operating as a Bank of the West. Four drive-in teller windows were positioned around the circumference of the building to serve customers, much like a drive-in restaurant. As this building opened in 1963, it was one year after a similar building, Washington Federal Savings & Loan, was built in Nampa, Idaho designed by the Bank Building & Equipment Corporation. The two buildings have striking similarities, with the main difference being First National’s deeper eave, giving the entire building more of the mid-century modern period space-age effect.
Research credit: Heather David