American Photographer Jeff Hagerman Photographs The Inside Of Chicago Bank Vault

November 30, -0001
  • The shots of this abandoned bank were taken in Chicago, Illinois, by American photographer and urban explorer Jeff Hagerman from Atlanta, Georgia
  • They show the enormous vault door swung open to reveal the secure room, with its cash deposits long since withdrawn and other images show the large empty room that would have housed the front of the bank
  • Some of the snaps show evidence of people living or at least sleeping in one of the upper rooms and there is graffiti on the walls

Seeing the inside of this huge bank vault would have been any bank robber’s dream.

The stunning pictures show the enormous vault door swung open to reveal the secure room, with its cash deposits long since withdrawn.

Other images show the large empty room that would have housed the front of the bank while there is evidence of people living or at least sleeping in one of the upper rooms.

Stunning pictures of an abandoned bank vault show the enormous vault door swung open to reveal the secure room

Stunning pictures of an abandoned bank vault show the enormous vault door swung open to reveal the secure room

The shots of this abandoned bank were taken in Chicago, Illinois by American photographer and urban explorer Jeff Hagerman, of Atlanta, Georgia. the gates leading up to the vault are seen above

The shots of this abandoned bank were taken in Chicago, Illinois by American photographer and urban explorer Jeff Hagerman, of Atlanta, Georgia. the gates leading up to the vault are seen above

Hagerman says he likes this type of photography as 'places that are untouched and dilapidated over time are just as or more beautiful than anything new you'll ever see'. Pictured above inside the vault

Hagerman says he likes this type of photography as ‘places that are untouched and dilapidated over time are just as or more beautiful than anything new you’ll ever see’. Pictured above inside the vault

The shots of this abandoned bank were taken in Chicago, Illinois by American photographer and urban explorer Jeff Hagerman from Atlanta, Georgia.

‘I just don’t want these places to be forgotten,’ said Hagerman, 35.

‘Too many of these places are getting destroyed, so more modern condos can be built in their places, and the entire histories of these areas are disappearing.

‘I love this type of photography because it’s different from what most people will say is beautiful.

‘In my opinion, places that are untouched and dilapidated over time are just as or more beautiful than anything new you’ll ever see.

‘I think the most common reaction is disbelief. How can this stuff sit around untouched for years or decades?

Other images show the large empty room that would have housed the front of the long-abandoned bank in Chicago

Other images show the large empty room that would have housed the front of the long-abandoned bank in Chicago

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Jeff Hagerman says he was able to simply walk through the front door and into the vault — unlike any potential bank robber when the bank was in operation

Jeff Hagerman says he was able to simply walk through the front door and into the vault — unlike any potential bank robber when the bank was in operation

It appears someone may have been sleeping in this upper room of the long-defunct bank in Chicago, Illinois

It appears someone may have been sleeping in this upper room of the long-defunct bank in Chicago, Illinois

‘I want my photos to make your mind wonder. Who’s been to this bank before? Was it ever robbed? How was this place set up for other businesses when there’s an enormous vault in the building?’

Unlike any potential bank robber when the financial institute was in operation Hagerman was able to simply walk through the front door and into the vault.

‘I was visiting Chicago and heard there was a vacant historical bank building with a vault, so my friend Charlie and I decided to stop by and see if we can get in to take photos,’ he said.

‘For this location, the opening that we expected was sealed up tight, so we had to find a new way in.

‘Luckily, someone was working on the building and left the front door unlocked. Even luckier, I actually checked it and we walked right in. 

The photographer, Jeff Hagerman, says he was visiting a friend and decided to stop by, discovering someone had left the front door unlocked

The photographer, Jeff Hagerman, says he was visiting a friend and decided to stop by, discovering someone had left the front door unlocked

Hagerman says: 'I want my photos to make your mind wonder. Who's been to this bank before? Was it ever robbed?'

Hagerman says: ‘I want my photos to make your mind wonder. Who’s been to this bank before? Was it ever robbed?’

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