The Sumitomo Bank Building is at 2001 Franklin Street in Downtown Oakland, at the corner of Franklin and 20th Streets. The building was designed by architect Shigenori Iyama and his associate Robert Tanaka, and the bank opened in the new building on July 7, 1965. The building is now occupied by California Bank & Trust, which absorbed Sumitomo Bank in 1998. On December 31, 2015, California Bank & Trust merged with Zions First National Bank to become ZB Bank, N.A. The former California Bank & Trust offices are operated as "California Bank & Trust, a division of ZB Bank, N.A." Insurance companies and other small offices also rented space in the building.
Links and References
- The Buildings of Oakland, With a Section on Piedmont by Robert Bernhardi
- Press Release, California Bank & Trust Reaffirms Commitment to Oakland
- "Business Notes," Oakland Tribune, September 8, 1965
- Shigenori Iyama on Pacific Coast Architecture Database (Note that the PCAD is wrong in listing an office building in Oakland based on an old ad; the other building in the ad is at 1870 Ogden in Burlingame, not in Oakland)