This blog is about Los Angeles' unique history reflected in the buildings, parks, and public spaces of the city and county.
Monday, January 25, 2010
More Millard Sheets (Did he give us the birds?)
This beautiful mosaic sits over the entrance of the Wells Fargo Bank on Torrance Blvd., just west of PCH. My guess is that the SH is Millard Sheets' signature. (You can just see it in the second shot, bottom left corner.)
But that is a guess. The branch manager was kind enough to offer to check and find out if this is indeed a Millard Sheets mosaic. 'Twas a gray day to begin with, so these pictures are not the best--but I believe the mosaic is in need of some TLC. Some of those red pieces near the bottom are looking a bit ragged. Redondo Beach has a Historical Society--wonder if there's any chance of getting the mural restored, as happened in Palos Verdes?
Friend Judy, who once worked at the Los Angeles Main Library, pointed me to a Smithsonian site that has an online finding aid to the contents of the Smithsonsonian's collection of Millard Sheets & Assoc. documents, project notes, sketches, etc. Boxes 12-14 are specifically labeled Home Savings, and list all the cities. I don't see Redondo on there.