Crocker Bank reborn as nightclub
Another interesting adaptive reuse of L.A.'s past is about to open in downtown L.A. In the old Crocker Bank building, a developer has built a new nightclub that takes advantage of the architecture and history. Details from The Guide:
Analogous to the Edison, the Crocker will serve a similar downtown crowd hungry for new drinking options in 2009. Dramatically set inside the former Crocker Citizens National Bank building (in the former safe deposit box area), the more than 6,0000-square-foot lounge features an honest-to-god bank vault door, which serves as the entrance to the "Mosler Lounge" portion of the bar. While this area of the bar will surely be the most buzzed-about area of the lounge (how often does one get to drink inside what used to be an honest-to-god multi-ton-circular vault door?), other areas of the Crocker are equally as attractive. The adjacent "Ghost Bar" is a spacious (and allegedly haunted) area of the lounge, which features comfortable couches and restored 1920s-era ceilings.
-- Shelby Grad
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