Vintage Bank Safe Discovered In Basement By Lucky Charm Cafe Owners

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The cafe, which opened up at 3600 W. Irving Park Rd. at the end of June, features fresh coffee and pastries. And on Thursday afternoon, owners posted a photo of a vintage safe to the cafe’s Facebook page.

Beata Mazur, co-owner of Lucky Charm, said she first saw the safe, which appears to have been built by the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Co., when while she walking around the basement.

“We opened the cafe and it’s been a few weeks already and I went to the basement and was surprised to find a huge door that was very heavy to open,” she said. “It’s very beautiful old piece of artwork, the ornamentation around is just beautiful.”

When she checked inside she was surprised to see another set of doors that were already open. When she peeked behind those, she says she found some old boxes.

  

"It’s just a pretty cool thing, standing in that space with something from like 100 years ago,” Mazur said.

Mazur reached out to the building owner and was told that the cafe’s large storage room also once housed a much larger safe for the building.

“The Herring-Hall-Marvin Co. of Cincinnati and Chicago manufactured fine and fancy safes and was located in Chicago at 225 W. Lake St. Some safes made to order by the company were beautifully decorated with hand-painted pictures and designs,” according to a 1987 Chicago Tribune article.

Additionally, the building’s facade has the words “Hill Block” and “Erected by A.H. Hill & Co.”  [...]

In 1914, the neighborhood bank was expanded to a statewide financial institution and was renamed the “A. H. Hill & Co. State Bank of Chicago.”

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