Throw Back Tuesday: 3353 California

Ever wonder what was there before the Jefferson Community Bank?

Photo: April 19, 1932. Looking south on California towards Cherokee Street.

The Jefferson Savings and Loan Association which started in 1927 purchased 3341, 3347, and 3353 California for a new bank and parking lot. The mid-Century modern building was completed in 1960.

Photo: LRA photo of 3353 California in 2006

Photo: A look at the 3300 block of California today.

The City of St. Louis' Land Reutilization Authority controlled the former bank and parking lot. In April 2005, the Gravois Park Block Link Association assumed ownership of the property. Gravois Park currently holds their neighborhood meeting in the building on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Photo: As of January 2019, Santa Morena, a clothing store, occuppies the store front facing California.

Sources:

Cherokee Street News, www.facebook.com/cherokeestreetnews

Missouri Historical Society

US Bank, www.usbanklocations.com/jefferson-heritage-bank-30292.shtml

GEO St. Louis, http://dynamic.stlouis-mo.gov/citydata/newdesign/data.cfm?Handle=11511000330

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