the Cathay Bank October 7, 2009

When I lived in Los Feliz, one of my favorite things to do was visit other neighborhoods in Los Angeles and take pictures of cool things I’d never seen before.

Los Angeles shopping bag in Chinatown

This tile mosiac mural at the Federal Building downtown totally captivated me — so beautiful and so well preserved.

The tile mural at the federal building in downtown LA

Speaking of tile mosiacs, Clifton’s has some of the best ones I’ve ever seen out front.

Clifton's Cafeteria

I loved these two — the Observatory and the saber-toothed tigers at the La Brea tar pits.

Tiles in front of Clifton's Cafeteria

Griffith Park is probably the place I miss most in the whole city… and speaking of the Observatory, it’s hard to take a bad photo up there.

all three sections

Union Station is such a majestic place — I love train stations, and it is one of the most beautiful ones in the world.

Union Station with flags

And one day when I was in Chinatown with Jessica on our Day of the Dead tour, I took some pictures of the Cathay Bank. I didn’t know anything about it, except that I loved the way it looked. Then last month, the Los Angeles Conservancy contacted me about using one of them in a photo archive they created to celebrate 60s architecture in LA. The site just went up and it’s fascinating — there are tons of great photos from all over the city. The interactive timeline is really cool, and I was so honored to see my photo in it… and find out more about the bank, I had no idea it was so significant!

Cathay Bank
March 8, 1966: The first Chinese American Bank in Southern California, Cathay Bank, opens and provides much needed services and capital for development of the Chinatown area.

Visit the site here and add your own photos of 60s architecture in Los Angeles to their flickr pool, too. And if you are in LA, take some pictures for me, please! I never did get a good one of the Capitol Records building.

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