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Please make checks payable to Fulcrum Arts. Note The Art and Architecture of Home Savings on the memo line or voucher.

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Fulcrum Arts
495 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


For more than three decades, Millard Sheets and his studio of artists designed buildings for Home Savings and Loan, studding their iconic projects with mosaics, murals, stained glass and sculptures that celebrated both family life and local history. The Art and Architecture of Home Savings recovers the story of this public art, from the commissioning of the first branch in 1953 through the recent history of the properties’ sale. It advances contemporary urban history by connecting this corporate investment in public memory with the long history of commercial patronage dating to the Renaissance, as well as to the recent history of percentage-for-public-art regulations. It describes how this interplay of community banking and public art fostered an image of community in California’s notoriously spread-out suburbs through invocation of classic scenes of local and state history.