Giannini Hall is one of the halls located inside of UC Berkeley. This hall is a library, it was built in the 1930s. This hall is one of the university's oldest agriculture research library. The other two buildings right next to it are the Wellman and Hilgard Halls. Giannini Hall was named after Amadeo P. Giannini . The Wallman Hall was designed by John Galen Howard around 1917. He suggested an to have group of buildings around the Wallman Hall. Williams.C. Hays. designed the Giannini Hall in 1930 next to the Wallman Hall.
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Amadeo Peter Giannini was born in San Jose, CA to immigrant Parents around the 1870s. Giannini was an extremely successful man. He started his private business and later sold it to one of his employees. Giannini retired at the mere age of 31. Due to the great depression the banks around the country were running out of money and were struggling just to stay open. Giannini became determined and saw opportunities in helping the growing population of immigrants in meeting their financial needs. Due to which Giannini came up with the idea of starting a bank. At first he opened up a bank in San Francisco to only serve the needs of “the little Fellow”. He established banks during a very difficult economic time. His bank chain grew very rapidly and he had over 500 banks all over California. In 1928, the name of the very successful bank chain was changed to Bank of America. Amadeo Giannini funded the construction of Giannini Hall around the 1930s.
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Giannini funded a foundation for agricultural economics called the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. The mission of the foundation is to promote and support research on the economics of California agriculture. Members of this foundation are now located on three campuses.
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