The Journal of San Diego History
Winter 1984, Volume 30, Number 1
Thomas L. Scharf, Managing Editor

Back to the article: San Diego Trust & Savings Bank

San Diego Trust and Savings Bank

Front Cover. The present-day ground floor interior of San Diego Trust and Savings Bank located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Opened in 1928, the building is still a prominent San Diego landmark. The bank itself dates from 1889 when it opened its doors as the San Diego Savings Bank. It will be ninety-five years old this year. The committment of this financial institution to the growth and development of San Diego is one of the cities greatest success stories.

Page 29. A revolving aerial beacon was a distinctive feature of the main office building of the San Diego Trust and Savings Bank from 1928 to 1933

Joseph Weller Sefton

Page 30. Joseph Weller Sefton, the founder of the San Diego Savings Bank.

Cashier's Cage

Page 30. An early bank “Cashier’s Cage”.

ledger page

Page 31. A ledger page revealing account activity for the Bank’s opening day, May 15, 1889.

San Diego Savings Bank

Page 31. The first offices of the San Diego Savings Bank were in the First National Bank Building at Fifth and E Street.

Panama-California Exposition

Page 32. The bank encouraged visitors to the 1915 San Diego Panama-California Exposition.

Joseph Sefton, Jr.

Page 33. Joseph Sefton, Jr. (back seat, far right) joins in a parade for the 1915 Expo. ground-breaking.

San Diego street scene

Page 33. A busy San Diego street scene looking east on Broadway in the 1920s, just before the bank began construction of its new offices

San Diego Trust and Savings

Page 34. San Diego Savings Bank officially became San Diego Trust and Savings Bank in 1925.

war bonds

Page 34. During World War II, war bonds were a popular item offered for sale at the bank.

Page 35. A bank sponsored Christmas choral concert (opposite) about 1940.

Page 35. San Diego Trust hosts a picnic for the 1965 Little League Champions. Thomas W. Sefton, president of the bank since 1960, is at far right, standing.

San Diego Trust and Savings Bank

Page 36. In 1928 San Diego Trust and Savings Bank already thirty-nine-years-old, opened the doors of its new main office building at the corner of Sixth and Broadway. Designed by William Templeton Johnston, it was an architectural landmark for the city. Today, ninety-five years after its founding, the bank continues to provide a solid commitment to the city whose growth it has so closely paralleled.

Wendell Stubbs, bank teller

Back Cover. Wendell Stubbs, one of the bank’s tellers, accepts deposits from two young San Diegans about 1920.