Experiment In Terror - Crocker-Anglo Bank
Kelly works as a bank teller at Crocker-Anglo Bank at One Montgomery Street in the Financial District (map). Below, center, she prepares for the first customers of the day.
Then ... The bank has a novel clock built into the marble steps at the Montgomery Street entrance in which the 12 letters of the bank name are used as the numbers.
... and Now, the clock is still there, with a more conventional face and a protective bannister.
Then ... As the customers stream in past the clock and up the steps we see a panorama of the majestic columned interior with a glimpse of Lick Place alley through the windows on the west wall. The tellers are in a line on the left - Kelly sat between the second and third free-standing columns from the west wall, marked by the arrow.
... and Now, the bank is now a Wells Fargo branch but the line of tellers are still in the same place. Note the windows have been filled in since the alley was replaced by the Crocker Galleria mall (described earlier here). Note too the extra lamps on the columns, an effective addition illuminating the decorative ceiling.
History buffs will enjoy this December 1925 Christmas photo of Santa Claus taken in the bank, most likely organized for families of Crocker employees. (Courtesy Shorpy.com).
... a vintage photo ... The photo below, looking down Post from across Market Street, was taken in 1979 and shows the bank building, on the right, as it looked when the movie was filmed.
... and Now, the top ten floors were removed in 1983 to circumvent the prohibitive expense of earthquake reinforcement. The remaining majestic two stories gained a public roof garden as part of the deal that allowed developers to build, in 1982, the Crocker Galleria and the Post Montgomery Center tower next to the bank along Post Street.
... the rooftop garden is popular with local workers and Crocker Galleria visitors for snacks and relaxation. This deserted view of it on a wet day looks across Montgomery Street at the Hobart Building.