Whether you’re hosting an executive meeting or a game night, you can bank on impressing your team with these unique historical spaces. The Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown is housed in the former San Diego Trust & Savings Bank, opened in 1928. The Courtyard’s event spaces pay homage to the original bank with the Sefton Room, named after the bank’s owner; The Safe Deposit Room; The Vault; Bankers Room; and the Board Room. The flexible 1,000-square-foot vault can host up to 60 people with theater seating or 50 for a sit-down dinner. The 460-square-foot The Safe Deposit Room—the most requested space in the hotel—still features the security boxes of the bank’s former customers, as well as the original 47,000-pound Mosler safe door. “We’re great for smaller corporate groups of 30 to 50 people,” says Elaine Shea, director of sales. “We recently hosted a local brewery that was holding meetings for its regional sales directors and reps.”
The Reserve, a new nightlife destination in downtown Los Angeles, was formerly the original Hellman Commercial Trust and Savings Bank. It housed the riches of wealthy Angelenos in the 1920s before becoming the headquarters of Bank of America. With its elegant chandeliers, exposed wood ceilings, leather furniture and walls of what were safedeposit boxes, the 1,500 square-foot vault that’s located in the basement of the building is a posh setting for groups up to 150.
Opened in June 2016, the Palm Springs venue TheBank retains the midcentury character of the original Coachella Valley Savings & Loan building, which was designed by famed architect E. Stewart Williams in 1955. The open lobby and onetime banking floor can accommodate any kind of event, from banquets and cocktail parties to car shows and product launches. The vault itself seats 12 and is often used as a VIP lounge during larger events. “The vault has a beautiful stone exterior wall, glass door, circular seating, and chandelier. It’s very swanky,” says Patrick Bartlett, director of sales and marketing.
The Banker’s Vault in Fresno’s Pacific Southwest Building, formerly the home of the Security Bank Building, is a more informal venue. Regional wineries, nonprofits, and the local downtown partnership have all taken advantage of The Banker’s Vault’s flexible event space. The roomy vault divides into different sections. Among them are a renovated movie room that seats 14 and a larger space (capacity 100) with a bar, small entertainment stage, and foosball, pingpong, and air-hockey tables. The building also houses The Bankers Ballroom, an elegant 10,000-square-foot ballroom with gold-gilded ceiling and ornate mezzanine floor.