California National Bank Addition – National Bank of D.O. Mills & Co.

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Sacramento, CA 95814
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Currently the Sacramento Grand Ballroom, the firm of Starks & Flanders designed a major addition to the building in 1926. The bank was originally designed by Willis Polk of San Francisco dating back to 1912.  One of the largest banks in California in the 1850s its founder was D.O. Mills, a young New York bank employee who came to California to mine gold. Soon tiring of mining, he opened a mercantile establishment in Sacramento. Mills began storing gold for the miners, and later began buying gold and issuing notes that circulated as money. Within a few years he changed the sign on his building from “store” to “bank.” The Bank of D.O. Mills survived into the 1920s. In 1925 the bank merged with the California National Bank of Sacramento. The intense formalistic use of classical design elements in this building is an excellent example of the Neo-classical Style. It bespeaks strength and permanency befitting the second oldest bank west of the Mississippi. The building later housed the Security Pacific National Bank.


Posted: September 5, 1926


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  1. Clark Cameron says:

    We currently own the old D. O. Mills band building depicted on your site.

    Might I ask what your relationship to Starks and Flanders is?

    Your gallery has some intriguing drawings of the building. We are wondering what else you might have about the structure and what the availability for our archives might be. Clark Cameron 557-9932

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