3261 W. Rowena Avenue Los Angeles CA 90027
3261 W. Rowena Avenue Los Angeles CA 90027 Los Feliz USA
Carl E. Hartnack, who lived at 3265 in 1940, began his career at Security Pacific Bank as a 17-year-old messenger and rose through the ranks to lead one of California’s largest financial institutions.
Hartnack, who retired as chairman of Los Angeles-based Security Pacific National Bank in 1982, oversaw the bank’s statewide and international expansion, and was an advocate for the redevelopment of downtown Los Angeles in the 1970s. He remained chairman of the bank’s international board of directors until Security Pacific was acquired by Bank of America in 1992.
As a corporate leader in Southern California, Hartnack served on the boards of numerous companies, including Hughes Aircraft Co., J.G. Boswell Co., Smith International, Whittaker Corp. and Superior Farming. From 1985 to 1990, Hartnack served as national chairman of the University of Southern California’s fundraising campaign, where he helped raise $600 million for the school. In 1980, he was named chairman of USC’s board of trustees.
Born near downtown Los Angeles, Hartnack attended Belmont High School during the Great Depression. He received a scholarship to attend USC, but instead took a job to help support his family. At age 17, he became a messenger and teller trainee at Security Pacific, eventually working his way up to branch manager and corporate executive. He was appointed president of the bank in 1969 and chairman in 1978.
To help stimulate the redevelopment of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles, Hartnack agreed to move Security Pacific’s corporate headquarters to the downtrodden area in 1974, the first skyscraper constructed there.
During his 48-year career, Hartnack also was honored as an early advocate for affirmative action. In 1975, he became the first banker and first Californian to head the National Alliance of Businessmen, a group dedicated to finding jobs for minority groups, Vietnam veterans, underprivileged youth and the handicapped. A year later, the Los Angeles Urban League awarded him its Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for outstanding contributions “toward genuine racial equality.” (LA Times Obituary, January 7, 2000).
3365 Rowena Avenue (Rents for $40): 1) Carl E. Hartnack, head of household; white married male 24 years of age; born in California; clerk in a savings bank; earns $1,680. 2) Roberta D. Hartnack, wife; white married female 22 years of age; born in California; not working. 3) Richard DeLuce, brother-in- law; white male 11 years of age; born in Canada; in school.
8-apartment, includes 3261-3265 W. Rowena Avenue Los Angeles CA 90027
Type: French Provincial Sold
Area: 8,264 sqft
Lot Size: 9,150 sqft
Year Built: 1946