SANTA MONICA BANK, 1902 and Today

SANTA MONICA BANK, 1902 and Today

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1401 3rd Street Promenade. This is a shot of the Bank of Santa Monica from 1902, montaged with today’s landscape. This was before Santa Monica has cars. Notice the juxtaposition of the trolley line car and the bus! The library was on the second floor.

ON METAL, High Gloss Surface, Metal Print , Float Mount Hangers
(Prints float 1/2" off wall), 1/8" Rounded Corners. Frame not included.


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“Santa Monica: A Look Back to 1902 from Today” is a side-by-side comparison that was more than a century in the making, a juxtaposition of the past and present as seen through lenses focused on one of California’s most vibrant, accessible and diverse beach cities.

I spent a few months researching and verifying the locations using 1902 and 1909 Sanborn Insurance Maps, Google Maps and the Santa Monica Digital Library. Once I had all of the addresses confirmed, photographer Jens Lucking and I biked or walked to every location, carefully matched the camera angles, and re-shot the historic photographs.  Traversing Santa Monica by foot and bike made me appreciate how the people of the day must have experienced the City. The slower pace of transportation (and life) in 1902 may have allowed them to enjoy the city’s character in a more personal way than most people do today–until now.