ACTION ITEMS

Threatened: Ventura Savings & Loan Building. (Threat: 2017-2020)

250 South Mills Road, Ventura CA.


Built: 1965

Architect: William Pereira

9. Scope of work March 2017:   TENANT IMPROVEMENT TO LOWER/GARAGE LEVEL OF 2 STORY BUILDING. SEE ELEVATIONS. INTERIOR STAIR CONNECTING UPPER/ GROUND FLOOR LEVEL WITH LOWER LEVEL TO BE REMOVED. STAIR OPENING TO BE INFILLED. UPPER AND LOWER LEVELS TO BE STRUCTURALLY REINFORCED. FUTURE TENANT IMPROVEMENT FOR UPPER LEVEL NOT INCLUDED UNDER THIS SCOPE OF WORK OR PERMIT. ALL EXTERIOR STAIRS ARE TO REMAIN. NEW EXTERIOR ELEVATOR TO BE PROVIDED. LOWER LEVEL TENANT IMPROVEMENT INCLUDES TWO EXISTING SUITES WITHIN UNDERGROUND PARKING.


William Leonard Pereira (1909-1985)

Born April 25, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois.

Graduated from School of Architecture, University of Illinois

Formed partnership with Charles Luckman called Pereira & Luckman in 1950s 

Dissolved Pereira & Luckman in 1959 to form William L. Pereira & Associates.

In September 1963 is Time Magazine “Man of the Year”.

Dies age 76 in 1985, Los Angeles.


Pereira's Notable Projects

Armour and Company Exhibit Building, World’s Fair, Chicago, Ill., 1931

Esquire Theater, Chicago, Ill., 1933

Motion Picture Country House, Woodland, Hills, CA., 1942

Beverly Hills J. W. Robinson’s department store, 1952

Camp Pendleton Master Plan, Oceanside, 1954

Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, 1958

International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Headquarters, Los Angeles, 1958

Los Angeles International Airport, Theme Building and other elements, Los Angeles1958

Marineland of the Pacific, Palos Verdes, 1958

University of California, Master Plan, Santa Barbara, 1958

City of Newport Beach Master Plan, 1960

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1964

University of California, Irvine, 1965

Transamerica pyramid tower, San Francisco, 1972


William Pereira helped define emerging social values of post WWII through his designs of every imaginable building type and embraced what we would call today “new urbanist” philosophies.

He was most noted for his futuristic designs of landmark buildings such as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.  He developed an unmistakable style of architecture, which came to define the look of mid-20th century America.  His buildings and building complexes usually projected a grand presence, heavyset in appearance and often sitting atop “pedestals” that were themselves an integral part of the building. 

He was a master planner of communities and business complexes that included Camp Pendleton Master Plan, Northrop Aricraft Master Plan, University of California Master Plan, the Irvine Ranch Master Plan, the Newport Beach Master Plan, and Santa Catalina Island Master Plan, to name only a few. He is a recognized master architect and planner that had a significant impact on shaping the built environment and identity of California in the middle of the 20th Century.

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1993 Photo of Imperial Savings (Formerly Ventura savings & Loan, 1965)