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City National Bank

Carlos Vargas


Behind the Shot

When the City National Bank building in Palm Springs was completed in 1958, it was proclaimed to be “one of the most dramatic structures to rise in Southern California.” It was designed by Victor Gruen and Associates with an integration of parking and banking intended to make the bank visible and easily accessible to passing traffic. The rich adornment of blue glass mosaic tile and the organic curvilinear form suggest the influence of a Le Corbusier chapel in Ronchamp, France.

This photo was taken in 2021 by Carlos Vargas.