HIBERNIA BANK, San Francisco

by Kevin Walsh

Though Hibernia Bank was acquired by Security Pacific in 1988 and has been long forgotten, its 1892 “temple bank” building [Albert Pissis, arch.] still stands proudly, if a bit worse for wear, at Market¬†McAllister and Jones Streets. Market Street’s diagonal orientation makes for many triangular intersections , where architects were able to be bold and dramatic.

In 1974, Patty “Tania” Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army invaded and robbed a Hibernia bank branch.

In this photo, note the faded ad and vertical “Hotel Boyd” sign.

Info: noehill

7/29/12

1 comment

JP August 2, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Beautiful building, I love your rare stints to SF; but the bank is actually at the 90 degree intersection of Jones and McAllister, just off Market.

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