Bob Mackey (bobservo) wrote,

the bank that time forgot!

The SkyBank building in downtown Youngstown, one of the oldest buildings in the city, was constructed in 1909 and has barely been touched since. I recently had the opportunity to work at this bank, and explore the vast secrets its labyrinthine layout holds. After many adventures, I escaped with my life, and hereby present my findings. A word, first:


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The bank's exterior. Looks innocent enough.


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I call this "the gateway to hell." Please note that it's about 20 feet from where I worked, and illuminated with only the flash of my camera. This particular room is about 50 degrees hotter than the surrounding rooms of the basement. It gets progressively hotter as you travel through the corridor, so I wasn't able to make it much further than the bottom of the steps. Let's dial things back a bit.


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Most of the gigantic basement rooms are full of old, decaying machinery. These look like air conditioners of some type.


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The only sign asking you to stay out of a room. These should have been posted on 90% of the bank's doors.


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A little abandoned side office featuring George Washington, our first cartoon president. Not pictured: calendar bravely displaying the month of February 2005.


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Round the corner and go down the steps to see the gateway to hell.


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A basement bank office filled with nothing but garbage.


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At one point in time this machine did something. Like strip the meat off of wailing babies?


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If this was a Disney movie they would come to live and sing profitable songs when no one was looking :(


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I think you use this to play Pong with mole men.


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Now we explore the upstairs. Look at that classic old-timey font!


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Every 20 feet on the staircase, there's a little small door cut into the wall like this, and a big one large enough to crawl through (and plummet to your death). There's nothing but pipes inside, and pictures of pipes are boring, so let's move on.


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12th floor, completely gutted out. Like all the other floors on the building, it's completely uninhabited and all of the doors are locked. So it's a lot like Silent Hill, except with easier puzzles. I want to remind everyone again that this is not an abandoned building. I worked here.


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We're on our way to the secret 13th floor, and the coolest room in the building. Sorry I made you wait so long. BTW, this door goes out to the roof.


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Welcome to the room that time forgot. This is the most run-down room of SkyBank, and also the coolest. Judging by its interior, this room look like it was once the plush office of some evil plutocrat. If you're looking at the building from the outside, this room is right behind the SkyBank sign.


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I am going to linger on this room for a while. Nice hardwood floors.


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A boarded-up window, not an uncommon sight in Youngstown.


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Note the little bathroom that was built into this alcove (which has 4 feet of clearance). What is the point of this? I thought it was creepy.


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Doctor stuff from the 40s. I have polio now.


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Giant doors that I assume opened to the roof at one point. I guess this was in case of any sudden stock market crashes; you could escape in your hot air balloon or kill yourself.


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There was a hole here. It's gone now.


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Bye-bye scary room :(


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Mr. Zip, a shameless ripoff of Manic Mailman. The building has a mail tube like this running through every floor, which collects in a fancy box in the lobby. The tube and box are out of service.


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The entrance to every ladies' room has a strange step-up for some reason. Maybe it's so us fellas can scope out those shapely ankles?


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Fire safety instructions posted six months after my birth.


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My last picture. This room is in the middle of the bank, and is completely locked-off. It's a huge, catherdral-esque room with garbage stacked high and metal tubes running this way and that. What the heck was this room used for?


I hope you enjoyed my incriminating experience.
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