14 Oct Bank of America mosaics
The beautiful mosaics that cover the face of the Bank of America Building on the corner of El Camino and 3rd Avenue is difficult to miss. While many admire this piece of art, not as many may know the meaning behind the featured images.
A.P. Giannini founded the Bank of Italy, later known as the Bank of America, in San Francisco in 1904 for hard-working immigrants whom other banks would not serve. After the 1906 earthquake, Giannini transported the banks funds to his home in San Mateo for safekeeping. The BoA office at 3rd & El Camino is known as the A.P. Giannini branch.
The mosaic mural featured on this landmark Downtown building was designed by Louis Macouillard in 1963. It depicts the life of Giannini and the history of the bank, with scenes of commerce and agricultural as well as vignettes of San Francisco.
Next time you pass by this stellar piece of art, take a closer look at some of the details. Keep an eye out for other beautiful art pieces located around downtown San Mateo as well!