I recently spent a wonderful afternoon with my daughter, who was visiting from her NYC home. We decided to check out parts of our hometown and dined in a newly renovated, old bank building that was originally built in 1925 as the tallest building in the area at the time. The 9-story, 1.5 million dollar United Bank Building was designed by the Cleveland architecture firm, Walker and Weeks, who also designed Cleveland's venerated Severance Hall.
The space, with its thirty-five foot tall ceilings and walls of curved windows, is flooded with natural light and a dramatic scale for its new tenant, Crop Bistro.
Touches of gold highlight the room's coffered ceiling and moldings.
At one end of the room is a huge 1925 mural by artist Glenn Shaw, which depicts a market scene from antiquity.
Crop Bistro has an open kitchen and seating for 160. The bank's large vault is now a private party room.
The sandstone exterior remains beautiful as well.
Why build new buildings when the older buildings contain beauty that cannot be replicated today?