Isla Vista Bank Fire of 1970

The Map & Imagery Lab's air photo collection offers a unique look back at California history.  With photos dating back to the 1920s, you can see how an area has changed over time.  Sometimes the changes are gradual and only noticeable when looking at photos taken years apart.  Other times, things change overnight, such as with the 1970 protests in Isla Vista that led to a bank on fire. 

On February 25, 1970 the Bank of America building in Isla Vista was burned down during a student riot.  Below you'll see a photo of the building in 1969 and another photo showing the empty lot taken a few weeks after the bank was burned down. 
The Isla Vista Bank of America site before and after the riot.Explore other parts of our collection on our Air Photo Tools page.