The Bank is a historic landmark, boutique hotel and event venue in East Aurora, NY. Built in 1923, its imposing facade has been a prominent feature of East Aurora's charming downtown for a century.
Beneath the Bank is a one-of-a-kind lodging. During the Prohibition era in which it was built, America was obsessed with the daring bank robbers whose exploits dominated headlines. The space Beneath the Bank has been reimagined as a secret hideout for these fugitives, who topped the FBI's Public Enemies list. Rooms are named for Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, 'Slick' Willy Sutton, and Frank 'Jelly' Nash.
As for the overall vibe of this den of thieves - let's call it Prohibition Chic. Each room is individually designed with its namesake in mind. Carefully sourced vintage pieces recall the era, while small details give a feeling of modern luxury to each space.
Guests can relax in a cozy speakeasy-inspired gathering space and enjoy a game of shuffleboard. The vault is the perfect spot for a high-stakes poker game. Coffee, kitchen and laundry facilities allow you to hide away for a while.
So ... if you're the type of person who roots for the bad guys in movies, or who's tired of cookie-cutter hotel rooms, Beneath the Bank is for you.
Like a B&B, Beneath the Bank is designed to suit the needs of today's more independent guest and has auto check-in. There is no 24 hour lobby or concierge. Conveniently located in East Aurora's lively downtown, shops, restaurants and bars are just footsteps away.
Each room features a queen bed, private bath, and luxury linens. Google Hub allows guests to voice control lights, temperature, 55-inch tv, wake up calls, and local information.
This is the kind of intimate, romantic hideaway the iconic couple would have loved. Tucked away in a private corner, it features soft colors and curvaceous antique furnishings.
The most notorious bank robber of them all was an unabashed ladies' man. He also loved attention. The Dillinger is reminiscent of a 1930's bachelor pad - sophisticated and bold.
Seen as a modern-day Robin Hood in his own time, 'Pretty Boy' Floyd was celebrated for destroying mortgage papers and handing out sums of cash from the banks he robbed. He also liked to bake pies. It includes two bedrooms that are filled with playful patterns and pops of color.
Responsible for 200 bank robberies, the charming Nash specialized in blowing open safes with nitroglycerin, a jelly-like explosive. A cozy room, it's packed with personality.
Nick-named 'Slick' for his talent at executing bank robberies in disguise, Willie Sutton was also admired for his gentlemanly manners. His namesake room is a handsome, masculine space complete with an Art Deco gentleman's wardrobe.
Once the Boardroom, the bridal suite's handsome oak paneling and fireplace provide a quiet, stress-free refuge for the bride. It's the perfect backdrop for 'getting ready' photos.
The Bank is a sister property to The Carriage House at Rushing Waters, a three-bedroom carriage house just a short drive away. The Carriage House is available should an offsite bridal suite be desired.
The main floor Coatroom also houses an ADA compliant restroom. When events are not taking place, the Coatroom reverts to its alternate identity: an ADA compliant guestroom with adjoining bath.
Once a symbol of all that was straight-laced and proper, this heritage building has been treated to a gorgeous restoration that turns boring on its head. While remaining respectful to the original structure, The Bank has put on its party clothes! 3,000 square feet of light-filled space welcomes guests for a night of dining and dancing. High ceilings, tall Palladian windows, gleaming hardwood floors and original skylight give it the elegance and character that only a historic building can possess. A fabulous Art Deco wet bar invites guests to celebrate in Gatsby-esque style. Throughout the venue, elements of the past have been thoughtfully fused with modern conveniences for a deluxe experience.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE
As an authentic, working bank for nearly a century, The Bank boasts a number of exclusive features. The lobby vault makes a stunning focal point in the main event space, adding a touch of industrial glam. It's the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures, or a photo booth for guests. A secret door has been installed so that special guests can make a surprise entrance from the vault into the event space. Or a bride-to-be could be presented from the vault, a sweet symbolic reminder that she is her family's 'treasure'.
A massive vintage bank directory has been retrofitted to display slide shows, real-time photo booth images, or power point presentations. The Boardroom is now the bridal suite. Its handsome oak paneling and fireplace provide a quiet, stress-free refuge for brides, and a lovely space for 'getting ready' photos. Other playful touches celebrate The Bank's past: real penny tile on vault floors; a bullet-riddled door; a scavenger hunt map of world coins embedded in the floors; a chance to 'crack' a safe, and more. The Bank provides a setting that is not just unique and memorable, but fun!
The Bank's amenities have been carefully designed to give guests a flawless experience. These include a professional caterer's kitchen, coat room, well-appointed new restrooms, wheelchair accessibility, ADA compliant restroom and bridal suite. Sound system, tables and chairs are of course included.
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The Bank of East Aurora was first established in 1882. In 1923 it moved to its current location, a purpose-built Neo-Classical Revival building. It remained a bank through several changes of bank ownership until 2017.
In 2018, The Bank began its transformation into a hospitality destination. Although solidly built -- it's the first concrete and steel commercial structure in East Aurora -- almost all of its original architectural detail had been erased. Through a process of careful exploration and demolition, it was discovered that the dropped ceiling hid a handsome plaster cornice and skylight. Wallboard covered over the second floor windows. Terracotta and hardwood floors languished under layers of tile and glue. And that was just the start!
The Bank's gracious, unostentatious style has long made it a highlight of East Aurora's vibrant downtown. The team behind its meticulous restoration is proud to be part of its history.