Rotunda Vault

The main entrance to the vaults beneath the banking floor of the former Cleveland Trust Rotunda, located at East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. Construction was completed in 1908. Ahead is one of four vaults on this level. The carpeting was removed from the  vault area, revealing once-beautiful marble floors. Likewise, the main vault was found to have marble walls on the sides and rear, as you will see when you scroll down through the photographs.

Entrance to the Vaults Beneath the Rotunda
Entrance to the Vaults Beneath the Rotunda
Entrance to the Main Vault
Entrance to the Main Vault
Safety Deposit Boxes in the Main Vault
Safety Deposit Boxes in the Main Vault
Doors in the Rear of the Vault
Doors in the Rear of the Vault
Original Marble Revealed after Outer Wall was Demolished
Original Marble Revealed after Outer Wall was Demolished
Another View of the Original Marble Wall
Another View of the Original Marble Wall
Detailed View of Closing Mechanism
Detailed View of Closing Mechanism
Detailed view of the Main Vault Door
Detailed view of the Main Vault Door
Detailed View of the Vault Door
Detailed View of the Vault Door

Detailed  View of the Locking Mechanism

Detailed View of Timing Mechanism
Detailed View of Timing Mechanism
Vault after Removal of the Safety Deposit Boxes
Vault after Removal of the Safety Deposit Boxes

This is one post in a series entitled Renaissance on East 9th Street, documenting the renovation, restoration and transformation of the historic Cleveland Trust complex. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to enter your email address in the space provided in the upper right corner of this page, to receive notification of future Blog posts.

4 thoughts on “Rotunda Vault”

  1. I actually was at a networking event which was held here and we also learned about its history. So very fascinating. Thanks for sharing this with everyone!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sam. The entire Rotunda is a remarkable space, and great fun, albeit a bit challenging, to photograph.

  2. Wow Lauren these are fantastic images. The contrast and range of tones are spot on. I especially enjoy the closeups of the vault door mechanisms. They remind me of the B&W film Metropolis from back in the deco era.

    1. Thanks for stopping by once again, Nick. And thank you for your very kind comments. This project is incredibly fun, and it is gratifying to receive such wonderful comments. See you again soon!

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