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First National Bank Building, Glendora
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1907
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photo reproduced by Zephyr.
Glendora was founded on April 1, 1887 by George D. Whitcomb and was officially incorporated as a City in 1911. In the mid-1930s, nearly all of the city's 4,500 acres of land were cultivated for citrus fruit; by the late 1950s agriculture had given way to large-scale residential development. As of 2006, population of the city known as the "Pride of the Foothills" was estimated at 51,608.
View of the First National Bank Building, also known as the Opera House, located at 161-169 N. Michigan Ave. (now Glendora Avenue) with several horse-drawn buggies parked along the street. This historic building was designed by architect H. G. Baker and constructed in 1906 under the direction of C. A. Weaver, C.S. Whitcomb and W.G. Hall. It was occupied by the First National Bank on the south end of the first floor, Glendora Drug on the north end, and the Opera House upstairs. In fact, the Opera House was more like the town's meeting place, hosting meetings of the Glendora Woman's Club, the Masonic Lodge, city council meetings, and school plays. The building also housed the city library prior to 1922, when the library was moved to the new City Hall. The smaller building toward the back is the Nelson Building. Photo taken circa 1907.
1 photographic print :b&w ;13 x 18 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
First National Bank (Glendora, Calif.)
Central business districts--California--Glendora
Horse-drawn vehicles--California--Glendora
Bank buildings--California--Glendora
Baker, H. G
Weaver, C. A
Whitcomb, C.S
Hall, W. G
Glendora (Calif.)

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