The Security First National Bank, designed by architect Joseph Bing Wong, was completed in 1958. A sublime single-story modernist structure, the commercial building is an important component of the city’s financial district. One of the building’s most notable features is its bas-relief sculpture by artist Lawrence Tenney Stevens which chronicles the history of Palm Springs.
On July 7, 2021, the HSPB voted unanimously (7-0) to have city staff initiate the “processing” of the Security First National Bank “application” (i.e., nomination) to include the scheduling of site visits.
On June 15, 2021, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation submitted the 91-page Class 1 Historic Resource nomination for the Security First National Bank to the city of Palm Springs.
On June 1, 2021, the city’s Historic Site Preservation board met to discuss the PSPF request and unanimously voted to amend their work plan making the Security First National Bank designation a city priority.
On May 20, 2021, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation sent a letter to the Chairman of the city of Palm Springs’ Historic Site Preservation Board stating, in part, that “the Security First National Bank…has long been identified as a potential historic site. and is deserving of inclusion in the Historic Site Preservation Board’s current work plan.” The PSPF request was an administrative formality as the bank building had only recently been removed from the HSPB work plan when an HSPB member reported that PSPF might pursue the nomination.
In July of 2020, the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation board of directors assigned the task of writing the Class 1 Historic Resource nomination for the Security First National Bank to PSPF board advisor Susan Secoy Jensen.
An early mention of the Security First National Bank (now “Union Bank”) in city records appears in a city of Palm Springs Planning and Building Department document entitled “Potential Sites for Designation” dated August 22, 2000.