The Bedford Vault: A Striking Preservation of Copper and Steel

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Last week, Chicago-based members of the MetalMiner and Spend Matters team met at the Bedford for our holiday party.

The Bedford, a Wicker Park restaurant whose interior is carved out of a subterranean bank vault, has kept most of the original space intact, thereby adding a certain historic grandeur to the proceedings. The vault was likely built in 1925-26, when the Home Bank and Trust Building that houses it was completed courtesy of Vizthum, Karl, and Co.

Perhaps needless to say, an antique bank vault — with its multi-ton steel doors and copper-plated safe deposit boxes — proved the perfect locale for a company that concerns itself with industrial metals.

Although it was rather dark (and I don’t have a fancy flash on my smartphone’s camera), I was able to record some photographic evidence:

Copper shines nearly as brightly as it did when these deposit boxes were first made.

Deposit slips no longer available.

So many moving parts to the vault door.

Because you can’t just swing open several tons of metal.


–Taras Berezowsky

Comments (2)

  1. Nate Burgos says:

    Thanks, Taras, for the pics and write-up. Excellent venue. “Restoration Hardware” in more ways than one.

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