First United Presbyterian Church

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FIRST UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
600 E. Fifth St. (1939)

Architect: Train and Williams

The First National Bank was established on this site in 1900 by a group of prominent Long Beach businessmen; the present structure was built to replace the original 1896 3-story building. This is best preserved historic commercial building remaining in Long Beach from the period 1900 - 1919. Designed in French Renaissance Revival style, its corner clock tower is a unique landmark. A major restoration/rehabilitation project was carried out in the 1980's, becoming the first historic rehab in the City to meet state and federal requirements for tax credits. The ground floor doorways and storefronts, and the decorative cornice on the roof, were reconstructed. A fine restaurant, L'Opera, is housed in the rebuilt original banking hall; the richly detailed crown molding is particularly noteworthy. This building has had many names over its history, including Bank of America, Metropolitan and Enloe Building.