Crain's Chicago Business has a story today about the historic, beautiful Bridgeview Bank lobby and why it's blocked off from the public. Bank Chairman Peter Haleas says that when Bridgeview took over the premises from Uptown National Bank, it found customers hesitant to use the grand lobby, so it built a (sterile, soulless) ground-floor modern lobby and locked away the historical one from everyday use.
Sounds rather unlikely that a short flight of marble stairs (and elevator access) would discourage folks from stepping back 75 years in time to a grander era, but ... that's just us.
In any case, it's a good article and film, which can be found online here.
For more about the lobby, check out Designslinger's visit to the bank last October, during which the photo below -- and several others that are included with the article -- were taken.