Bank Building

5209 Wilshire is a modern renovation of a building from the glamorous Art Deco era. Built in 1920, and located on the historic “Miracle Mile” of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, this Art Deco building was originally constructed for Security-First National Bank. The award winning restoration, completed in 2004, was recognized by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles for preservation and design. Original interior and front facade features were impeccably renovated to their original luster while contemporary elements and details were introduced so as to blend the past with the present. The entire ceiling is finished with a decorative and intricate metal and glass skylight. It was restored and now clearly illuminates the entire space. Oversized custom-designed pendant lamps drop nearly 20 feet from the skylights. Custom ceiling lights and wall sconces were created to compliment the skylight details. New two story loggia spaces were constructed along either side of the main space. The lower level encloses private offices secured behind plate glass sliding doors. The second level continuous balcony is ornamented with an intricate railing design that references the original ornate metal work in the space. The mezzanine level was cleared and simplified to allow for lounge areas, conference tables, and studio-like workstations. A 50 gallon salt-water aquarium separates the main office from the mezzanine, creating a dramatic living sculpture. The vault space, with its original mammoth metal and glass security doors, was retrofitted and now serves as a dramatic conference room. ‘The Bank’, as it is fondly referred to, has been host for many special occasions and lauded as the most successful contemporary renovation of an Art Deco interior in Los Angeles. This successful renovation was accomplished by being sensitive to the original architecture while creating an updated contemporary work environment.