from bank to bacon
This weekend A3, Dayna and I met up with new friend Merissa (bestie L's sister Julie is getting married in March, Merissa will be her sister-in-law. Follow that?)--Merissa is a fellow southeast Michigan expat turned OH resident. We met up at the relatively newly opened (opened this past summer) Bonbon Pastry & Cafe in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland.
|Bonbon Pastry & Cafe|
After the meal A3, Dayna and I also stopped by Penzey's Spices so I could get a few things, and on our way out we peeked into the windows of the restaurant which sits between Penzey's and Bonbon, and admired the architecture--a visible reminder of the grand days when the building was the United Bank Building.
|United Bank Building, Penzey's Spices faces W. 25th.|
- The United Bank Building opened in 1925, costing $1.5 million 9-story, it was the tallest building on the west side of Cleveland when it opened
- The buildings main entrance sits under two columns framing a temple front facing West 25th Street, while its Lorain Avenue side features six arched windows. The main bank lobby sports marble columns, a coffered ceiling, and twelve bronze light fixtures
- The building was designed in the classical style
- After the Crash of '29, the United Banking & Trust Company merged with Central National Bank (Nov. 1929)
- Cleveland architecture firm Walker and Weeks designed the United Bank Building
- Walker and Weeks also designed Cleveland's: Severance Hall, Cleveland Public Library, Municipal Stadium, the Public Auditorium and many more
- Walker and Weeks became well known and sought after for their bank buildings throughout in the Midwest, completing over 60
- Other examples of Walker and Weeks work throughout Cleveland: the Federal Reserve Bank (1923), the Superior Building at 815 Superior Avenue (1922), and the Guardian Building at 629 Euclid Avenue
|Borrowed this old postcard shot from here.|
An article about Bon Bon's opening here.