Thursday Doors – July 16, 2015

A number of years ago the company my wife works for decided that rather than continue renting their office space, it would make more sense in the long term for them to buy their own building.

The place they settled on was an old bank in a great location in the north-central part of the city and the designers they worked with did an impressive job of updating that older building and giving it a modern look.

They started by gutting and reconfiguring the main floor and the two floors above it and  ended up with more than enough office space to suit their needs.

When they got around to looking at the basement and began working on plans to turn it into useful work space, they realized that if they used the same gut-and-start-over approach, it was going to get very expensive, very quickly.

You see the basement was where this bank had its vault, complete with 30″ thick steel re-enforced concrete walls and one very imposing safe door.

Solution? Leave it as-is and with a little renovation on the inside use that space as the main meeting/boardroom, complete with the safe door intact.

Because of certain building code regulations they did end up having to cut one hole through the wall to make a door at the opposite end of the room. But even so, today this space leaves a lasting impression on every visitor that sees it.

I know it certainly did on me and fortunately they allowed me to go in after hours to take a few pics:


Here are a few close-ups that I took.

One of the locking pins:


In doing a little research I found that the Mosler Safe Co. was in operation from 1874 to 2001 and that their safes and vaults were reknowned for their strength and precision. In fact several of their vaults installed in Hiroshima Japan became famous for withstanding the dropping of the atomic bomb in WWII.


Now that’s a door hinge!


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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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44 Responses to Thursday Doors – July 16, 2015

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  2. reocochran says:

    This was a great story and the vault door was ultra-cool, Norm !
    I may need to write a doors post since I don’t do pictures. What do you think, Norm? Not sure if using “words” to describe a door would be applicable to your Doors on Thursday posts. . . Let me know if I can “bend the rules.”

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the kind words.
      A written Thursday Doors post? That’s an original idea. Sure, lets give it a try 🙂

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      • reocochran says:

        I got on wordpress and like to spin words and not as great at including photos. Thanks, Norm. I will get right on it and schedule for July 23 Thursday doors. Maybe I might start a trend with someone else singing a song about doors. Oh wait, there is the group, the Doors. Maybe someone will paint a door. Creative directions. . . 🙂

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  3. This really is a sturdy door Norm. Impressive!!
    My contribution this week:

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  6. That is one, massive door. I love the hinges. Great choice for this week, Norm.

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  7. Very impressive door! 🙂

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  8. Wonderful images and great back story! I want this door for my bomb shelter (just kidding, don’t have one, but I do LOVE this door). Do you know what happened to the company after 2001?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I read that they went bankrupt and then one of their competitors picked up the slack and I guess some of their assets in order to offer service for their old customers.

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  10. Nato says:

    Love the pics! I have a vault door today too!

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  13. Robin says:

    Wow. That is an impressive door. You always seem to come up with the coolest doors, Norm. 🙂

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  14. joannesisco says:

    LOVE the pictures and it sounds like an amazing place to work.
    There is also a restaurant in downtown Toronto that used to be an old bank. The vault in the basement is still in place, but I’ve only been there once and I don’t remember what it’s used for. Now I want to go back and look. I’m sure it won’t be as impressive as a boardroom! 🙂

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  16. Sabina says:

    VERY cool, Norm. Looks like something from a movie.

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  17. klara says:

    wow, that’s some door! I would have never thought it could be repurposed. Though I don’t think I would feel comfortable behind that door (being a bit claustrophobic). Nice shots.

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  23. That is a DOOR. In Kansas City, there is an old bank that has been turned into a restaurant. It is always good that they can repurpose such beautiful buildings. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. The oddest repurpose of a building that I’ve seen so far was in Pittsburgh. I was taken to a restaurant/micro-brewery for lunch in what used to be a Church!

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  24. Dan Antion says:

    Fabulous door Norm. I was at a meeting in Boston that was help in a room like this but I had to snag pictures quickly on the way in and out. Thanks for the close-ups.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. It was really nice of them to let me go in, take my time and get some of the shots I wanted. And it took me a while to get them, because the reflections cast by the fluorescent lights off the stainless steel gave me fits.


  25. Trent Lewin says:

    That is really cool. Ingenious idea to save cost and give a boardroom a certain flair.

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