Completed in 1973, the Bank of California building is part of the larger Park Center Plaza, a 1960s corporate office development initiated by Wells Fargo. Most of the buildings in the Park Center project were designed by Gruen Associates. César Pelli was Gruen's lead designer at the time. Pelli's hand is especially evident in the Bank of California building and his direct involvement in this design was confirmed prior to his death in July 2019. Embodying many Brutalist characteristics such as sculptural massing, podium bases, repetitive elements of unpainted concrete, and a large, raised plaza setting, the building is an exceptional regional example of César Pelli’s acclaimed body of early work at Gruen Associates. The building displays stylistic elements of his work that can be found in critical studies and books on contemporary architects and architecture of our times and reflects a sense of excellence based on architectural design principles.
Source: Archives & Architecture LLC Historic Resource Project Assessment