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Richard Nixon's First Whittier Law Office Now a Cell Tower

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There's got to be a wiretapping joke in here somewhere--the National Bank of Whittier Building, site of Richard Nixon's first law office, has been turned into a "stealth cell site" by AT&T. The six story bank building was designed by father and son team John and Donald B. Parkinson and built in 1923; it's now listed on the National Register of Historic Places (a replica of Nixon's office lives at the Whittier Historical Museum). According to the LA Conservancy, the building is clad in glazed terra cotta and is notable for its "classically inspired detailing," including leaded-glass transoms and egg-and-dart border detailing. And as of yesterday it's home to a secret cell site, which AT&T says will speed up local mobile broadband access.

· National Bank of Whittier Building [LA Conservancy]