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The Old Bank

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 5 November 2008 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Bank of Loleta

When the dairy closed down in 1993 - I'm sure it spelled the end for this center of finance and commerce. This building now serves as Loleta's Social Services Center. Hours are 9 to 1 - Monday through Friday.

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Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

The facade of the bank is quite grand compared to its neighbors, even with gold trim above the doors.

I can't imagine any crime in Loleta....

5 Nov 2008 6:18am

@Observing: ...nor can I. It's a quiet little place on the hill. A county sheriff's car is parked in front of one of the houses well up the hill. It has been parked there every time I've driven through. I've never seen anyone in the car - and I've never seen it move.

chrissy from London, United Kingdom

very grand bamk, you continue to narrate your images so well

5 Nov 2008 8:11am

Kylie Greenan from Richmond, Australia

Beautiful scene of this lovely place you seem to have fallen in love with, and of course.. how did I know it would have been just after the rain :o) Lovely image Stephen!

5 Nov 2008 8:14am

@Kylie Greenan: In Humboldt County, California - its hard to loose that bet. Anytime - but especially from now until spring - it is pretty much always just before the rain, the rain, or just after the rain. They get over 60 inches of rain a year (152 cm).

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Nice building and beautiful street shot! Very nicely done!

5 Nov 2008 8:53am

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Another odd bit of architecture. Great shot.

5 Nov 2008 1:03pm

@dogilicious: You'd be amazed at the number of simple, rural California towns that have these very classic and formidable looking banks.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

This is really funny. The small bank building designed like serious huge buildings, the surrounding surrealistic buildings, the tipsy lamppost - and the cherry on the pie: ms pink trousers.

5 Nov 2008 1:09pm

@yz: Oh, yes - I loved it when the bicycle entered the frame - it is always good to get that human element - especially with bright color.

alex centrella from California, United States

nice classic buildings.........

5 Nov 2008 2:25pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Even the bank is quaint and lovely :)

5 Nov 2008 4:11pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom

You whet the appetite with this shot,I want to see the rest of the street now. :>)

5 Nov 2008 4:15pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Looks like a pretty nice and peaceful neighborhood... Lovely image Stehpen!

5 Nov 2008 4:19pm

gbe from kansas city, United States

that's a bad sign - from bank to social service center. i really admire the way you photograph these buildings.

5 Nov 2008 7:06pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A small building for this bank. Nice shot.

5 Nov 2008 7:56pm

Alun Lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

lovely colours, nice one

5 Nov 2008 9:39pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

This could be a scene from any number of small towns from across the country. I like the biker and also the dog in the scene - makes the scene seem warmer, friendlier.

6 Nov 2008 12:20am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

the bank does look grand, looks a lovely quaint town, beautiful capture

6 Nov 2008 1:19am

Walter from Watkinsville, United States

Could this actually be the real Rockridge or the fake Rockridge? (Blazing Saddles) The facades look almost fake like a movie set. I wonder what is going into the space next to the bank? Looks like they are fixing it up for a new storefront.

6 Nov 2008 3:13am

One from Açores, Portugal

A very good shot. They are always interesting your pictures of Loleta.

6 Nov 2008 3:51am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

This is really something.... Loleta seems so warm, inviting and charming....

6 Nov 2008 5:54pm

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, CA, United States

is it just me -- or is that street lamp really REALLY big? quite surreal! oh -- and hey, don't think gbe noticed, but you are moving quite stealthily into his typical 'arena' of shop front shots! ;) beautifully done, excellent contrasts and colors too!

11 Nov 2008 5:48am

@dj.tigersprout: it is really B I G. .. ... .... .....