By Timmy Odejimi
GHOSTLY images have offered a glimpse into the desolate conditions of an abandoned twentieth century city bank.
One picture shows a rusty vault door which once sheltered numerous possessions and valuables in the bank located in the City Federal skyscraper, and is now corroded due to years of abandonment.
Other eerie images show the central ground of the bank, with weakened ceiling, barricaded doors, and walls with peeling paint.
These pictures were captured in Birmingham, Alabama, by urban explorer Abandoned Southeast (32), on a Canon DSLR.
“What is seen in the pictures is an abandoned bank that closed in 1915 and is located inside the City Federal building which has now been renovated into condos,” said Abandoned Southeast.
“Many of the residents that live in the City Federal building have no idea the bank is even located inside the skyscraper.
“The current owner hopes to transform the bank into an event venue or restaurant and use the vaults as a VIP lounge or private seating.”
William Weston designed the building for the Jefferson County Savings Bank and was opened in 1913.
At the time, the building was the tallest skyscraper in the southeast of America, standing at 27 stories or 327 feet on the skyline of Birmingham.
“I managed to gain access into the bank by contacting the owner,” said Abandoned Southeast.
“I love discovering the past and what is left behind – it’s rare to see bank vaults that are this intricate and detailed in today’s banks.”