649 Main Street, East Aurora, New York 14052

716-261-9876


East Aurora's exciting new event venue and boutique hotel

Welcome to The Bank an event center and seven room Airbnb.

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Welcome to The Bank, East Aurora's exciting new event venue and boutique lodging. This 1923 heritage building has been gorgeously restored. Its 3,000+ square feet of light-filled space features high ceilings, graceful Palladian windows, gleaming hardwood floors, and original skylight.


At The Bank, elements of the past have been thoughtfully fused with contemporary conveniences for a rewarding experience. The vault makes a stunning focal point, setting a tone of industrial glam. Vintage-style chandeliers with metal tubing and milk glass add to the charm. Other novel touches celebrate The Bank's past - real penny tile on vault floors, a massive bank directory to announce events, a bullet-proof door still riddled with bullets. A fabulous Art Deco bar is a sly wink at the Prohibition era in which The Bank was built. 


The Bank can accommodate weddings, conferences, meetings, or parties. Its amenities have been carefully designed to give guests a flawless experience. These include a bridal suite, professional caterer's kitchen, cloak room, chic new restrooms, wheelchair accessibility and ADA compliant restroom. Tables and chairs are of course included.


In addition to the lovely bridal suite, a few special features will appeal to couples planning their perfect wedding day. The bride-to-be can be presented from the vault, a sweet symbolic reminder that she is her family's 'treasure'. Younger guests can keep themselves entertained with a scavenger map that traces the scattering of world coins embedded in the floors. A second-floor lounge overlooks the dance floor, so guests can take a rest from dancing without missing any of the fun below. The entire property can be rented so that family and friends can surround the couple in a celebratory weekend!


For nearly a century, The Bank's gracious, unostentatious style has made it a highlight of East Aurora's vibrant downtown. Won't you join us in this new chapter of its history?

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The Lobby

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The two-story bank lobby is now the main event center. A meticulous restoration uncovered the original skylight, handsome plaster cornices, hardwood and terracotta floors, and second story mezzanine windows. The result is an airy, light-filled space, with the depth and character that only a historic structure can claim. 

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Vault

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The lobby vault is a marvel of early twentieth-century engineering. Its two-foot wide concrete and rebar walls are a wonder to behold. This vault has been retrofitted with a secret door that leads into the caterer's kitchen, so that guests can make a surprise entrance! An eye-catching focal point, the vault plays a central role in the Bank's vintage yet contemporary ambiance. 

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Back Lobby

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The star of the Back Lobby is the Art Deco inspired wet bar. It was conceived and crafted for The Bank by the award-winning team at Feijen Design Build. 

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Second Floor Lounge

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The second floor lounge is a bonus gathering space. Once just box-like offices, it's now one big, bright room. Comfortable vintage chairs and sofas mingle happily with tables fashioned from repurposed bank safes. The vault has been treated to a real penny-tile floor.  Like the rest of The Bank, the lounge has a quirky, relaxed charm. 

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Bridal Suite

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Once the Boardroom, the bridal suite's handsome oak paneling and fireplace provide a quiet, stress-free refuge for the bride. It's the perfect backdrop for 'getting ready' photos. 


The Bank is a sister property to The Carriage House at Rushing Waters, a three-bedroom carriage house just a short drive away. The Carriage House is available should an offsite bridal suite be desired.

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Cloak Room

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The main floor cloakroom also houses an ADA compliant restroom. When events are not taking place, the Cloakroom reverts to its alternate identity: an ADA compliant guestroom with adjoining bath.

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Restrooms

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Five well-appointed new restrooms are available for guests' comfort and convenience. 

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Catering Kitchen

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The Bank's kitchen is fully equipped to serve your caterer's needs. 

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Beneath the Bank is a unique property, and unlike most other hotels there is no 24 hr lobby or concierge. Like a b&b, it's designed to suit the needs of today's more independent guest and has auto check-in. 


During the Roaring Twenties in which it was built, The Bank was a strait-laced institution, a symbol of community trust. There was no trace here of popular culture - speakeasies, flappers, bootleg liquor, Hollywood movies. And its armored vault meant that The Bank was smugly indifferent to national obsession: the infamous bank robbers whose crime sprees dominated headlines. Breaking all the rules and looking good while doing it, these dapper outlaws became folk heroes, their exploits the stuff of legend. 


So ... if you're the type of person who roots for the bad guys in movies, or who's bored to death by cookie cutter hotel rooms, Beneath the Bank is for you. It's been designed as a Prohibition-era secret hideout, a hidden-in-plain-sight getaway. The five guest rooms are named after the Prohibition era fugitives who topped the FBI's infamous Public Enemies list: Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, 'Slick' Willy Sutton, and Frank 'Jelly' Nash. Why? It’s simple: there's nothing fun about a goody two-shoes.


As for the overall vibe of this den of thieves - let's call it Prohibition Chic. Each room is individually designed to evoke its namesake. Carefully sourced vintage pieces recall the era, while small details give a feeling of modern luxury to each intimate space. Rooms aren't large, but they're packed with personality. This place is the bee's knees!


Modern amenities blend seamlessly in. Google Hub in each room allows guests to voice control lights, temperature, 55-inch tv, wake up calls, and local information. A queen-size bed, desk, coffee maker, mini-fridge and private bath round out the comforts. 


There's more! Friends can gather in the cozy speakeasy-inspired common area to enjoy a game of shuffleboard. The vault with its original boardroom table is the perfect spot for a high-stakes poker game. Kitchen and laundry facilities allow you to hide away for a while without breaking cover. But should you feel the need to make a quick escape, you’re dead center in the heart of East Aurora's lively downtown. Try some of the local hooch, or grab some grub.

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Vault

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The vault is furnished with the original boardroom table and has a genuine penny tile floor.  It is the perfect spot for takeout or to play a board game.  

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The Lair

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Friends can gather in the cozy speakeasy-inspired common area to enjoy a game of shuffleboard or a conversation.  

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Bonnie & Clyde Room

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This is the kind of cozy romantic hideaway the iconic couple would have loved. Tucked away in a private corner, it's filled with soft, luxurious textiles and curvacous 1930s furnishings. 

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John Dillinger Room

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The most notorious bank robber of them all was an unabashed ladies' man. He also loved attention. The Dillinger is reminiscent of a 1930's bachelor pad - sophisticated and bold. 

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'Pretty Boy' Floyd Room

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Seen as a modern-day Robin Hood in his own time, 'Pretty Boy' Floyd was celebrated for destroying mortgage papers and handing out sums of cash from the banks he robbed. Floyd was a family man, so if you're traveling with yours there's a bonus queen bed in a small adjoining room. Playful textures and pops of color characterize this playful space.

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Frank 'Jelly' Nash Room

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Responsible for 200 bank robberies, the charming Nash specialized in blowing open safes with nitroglycerin, a jelly-like explosive. A serene color palette makes this room an oasis of calm.  

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'Slick' Willie Sutton Room

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Nick-named 'Slick' for his use of disguises and his talent for escaping from jail, Willie Sutton was also admired for his gentlemanly manners. His namesake room is a handsome, masculine space complete with an Art Deco gentleman's wardrobe. 

Amenities

In Room

  • Google Home
  • 55" TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Netflix
  • Coffee maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Iron


Bed and Bath

  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bed linens 
  • Towels 
  • Extra pillows and blankets

Facilities

  • Speakeasy inspired lounge
  • Vault lounge
  • Shuffleboard
  • Free parking
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Shared Laundry

Logistics & Guest Access

  • Long term stays allowed
  • Smart lock

Safety Features

  • Sprinkler system
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Smoke detector
  • First aid kit

The Bank policies

  • No front desk or cleaning service
  • Bedding & towels changed weekly for long term stays
  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events (unless you rent the event center)
  • Kid friendly
  • Check-in time 3:00 PM - self check in with smart lock (keypad)
  • Check out time 11:00 AM
  • Rooms beneath the bank & board room/bridal suite - must climb stairs

Testimonials - The Carriage House at Rushing Waters

We really enjoyed our stay at Rushing waters. Great space with plenty of room for your family inside and out. Owner was very accommodating, friendly and nice throughout our stay. Beautiful redone, and decorated carriage house.


- Jill

Beautiful and tranquil surroundings with plenty of parking and no need to worry about noisy neighbors. Space was very clean and newly remodeled. I would definitely recommend this home to a large family or group. Plenty of space to move around in with plenty of areas for individual privacy.


-Amy

 房子简直太棒了,非常适合一家人在这里住宿。当我们到达的时候,主人盛情迎接了我们。房子里很干净整洁,有现代化的设备,一应俱全的生活用品。我非常喜欢厨房里的各种餐具,非常漂亮。总之几乎你需要的东西这里都有。房子很安静,坐落在一个很大很安静的院子里,晚上有很多萤火虫在院子里飞,非常美。在这里你有足够的隐私空间。另外,入住和退房都很方便。真的强烈推荐这座房子。


-Shen

The property was perfect for our group. We came to the area to be close to activities and have a central location for hanging out. Todd was a gracious host and extremely accommodating to all of our requests. I fully recommend staying here if you are ever looking for a quiet place to stay while visiting the East Aurora area. The place was very clean with all the amenities expected and more.


- Keith

Todd, owner, was amazing to work with. He went above and beyond. The place is breathtaking. The place is even better than the pictures. Great location but awesome place that feels secluded. I'll be back if I'm in the area again.


- Jamie

Better than a 5 star hotel. Everything was amazing, from the location to the comfy beds to the fancy shampoo :) . Todd and Catherine were the best hosts one could hope for. The house was super clean and tidy and was recently remodeled. We loved that they have Netflix and Hulu subscriptions so we had a movie night every night. My family enjoyed their stay and wished they could've stayed longer. We made some great memories and will definitely be back.


- Areej

Awesome people and truly unbelievable carriage house. Loved the place!


- Jimmy B

Amazing experience love every single about this experience todd the host was just great. just lil piece of heaven have everything u need to just enjoy relax from all.


- Maayan

Great house with everything you need. Host are very accommodating and the property is beautiful. Location is close to shopping and restaurants. Loved our stay there!!


- Ashleigh

Highly recommend

- Mark

Wonderful home!! Had everything we needed for our stay and more. Comfortable and cozy. The host were accommodating and made us feel very welcome. We loved it so much we have already booked it again!


- Ashleigh M

Neat spot!


-Theresa

It is a amazing experience stay at this house. The house is very clean, quite and convenient to Niagara Falls. The house owner is very kind and hospitality, he invite us to watch the firework at night before July 4th. Our family really enjoy that night and have a good time indeed. I will also recommend my friends to stay here when they plan to visit the falls.


- Yi

Beautiful house and huge yard. We saw lots of fireflies in the evening and two deer's in the morning. Very cool.


- Jimmy

A great get-away from NYC to visit Niagara Falls. After the noisy New York, after the noise of the Niagara Falls, we came to this place and found just some miracle. Very quiet, huge territory, everything is beautifully well-groomed. We really enjoyed staying. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this quiet carriage house is artfully designed and decorated. I will definitely bring my kids to see deer and fish in the pond next time. And it takes us only 3-5 min to reach downtown.


- Nikolay

My family and I recently spent a truly memorable time at The Carriage House at Rushing Waters. The first thing that we noticed was how nicely the present owners have renovated and furnished the historical home. The house clearly reflects the past, but also is very comfortable and has great appliances and technology such as Alexis. The large kitchen contained everything we wanted and there is a good size dining room table to gather around for meals. The sitting area contained two big comfy couches plus extra seating. Everyone agreed that the beds were extremely comfortable, as well. 

What I enjoyed most about the place was the setting. It sits on a huge rolling green lawn with ponds, surrounded by woods and a creek. The kids positively loved it there and spent hours playing outside. The yard was absolutely beautiful and I hated to leave such picturesque surroundings! I bet every season at Rushing Waters is gorgeous!

Finally, Todd and Katherine are wonderful hosts. I am so grateful that they were willing to accommodate us and do so much to make our stay a time that we will never forget. They are friendly, respectful of guests privacy, but available. I felt that they went way above and beyond to make our visit special.


- Katie K

Todd was an outstanding host and the carriage house was absolutely perfect. We attended a family wedding in East Aurora and brought the whole family for a mini family vacation. It was so awesome to have room to relax before and after the many festivities. Upon our arrival and throughout our stay we were able to watch deer grazing on the (Website hidden by Airbnb) serene and beautiful. There is a private deck which also was a treat as the weather could not have been more perfect. And on top of that Todd checked in with us periodically to make sure that everything was adequate. If you are thinking of making a visit to East Aurora/Niagara Falls this is your place!! Can't wait to have another family event to go back to this fabulous property! Thank you Todd for your outstanding hospitality!!


- Patty

We booked the Carriage House for a week-long family visit in Buffalo. In tow were my wife's brother, my in-laws, and or 18-month old son. We could not have asked for a better setup! The location of the property had the distinct combination of feeling away from it all while at the same time being so very close to the heart of East Aurora (minutes away from Tim Horton's, Tops Market, Beerworks, and Bar Bill to name a few good ones). It was also very close to downtown Buffalo and the surrounding area (ex. about 45 minutes to Niagara Falls). We found we were able to get to the zoo, various eateries, and all the family functions with minimal fussiness from the little one. In the house, we found a comfortable and cozy living room complete with smart TV and Wii; a full kitchen ready and raring to go; three comfy mattresses on three comfy beds in three beautiful bedrooms; a rather large bathtub in the full bath and a rather bright and inviting environment in the 1/2 bath; and all the good stuff and character in-between that you'd expect from a place called "The Carriage House". Todd was a hospitable host. He was responsive on messages prior to our stay, he reached out the day of with some helpful tips, he introduced himself shortly after we arrived, he made sure that baby gates and a Pack and Play were available for our son (as well as outlet covers and cabinet locks),...Todd did everything he could to make sure our stay was great. And he succeeded! The Carriage House at Rushing Waters will be the only place we stay the next time we are in town. I'm almost reluctant to mention all this in the hopes that I can keep it a secret. But then what kind of guest would I be? Bring your family to The Carriage House! 

- Tony

Things To DO

 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE


It's hard to see all there is to do in just one trip 


Western New York offers an abundance of activities for culture mavens and sports-minded people alike. The region's natural beauty is punctuated with state parks, ski resorts, golf clubs - you can hike, ski, golf, bike or just sit back and watch a professional team do the work. Capping it all off is the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. 


In Buffalo you'll find the world-class Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo Philharmonic, Pierce-Arrow Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin-Martin House, and Richardson-Olmsted Campus, to name a few. 


The village of East Aurora boasts street after tree-lined street of charming homes, a delightful downtown with the famous Vidler's 5&10, a great selection of restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. At its heart is the Roycroft Campus and Inn, a National Historic Landmark district that is the best preserved and most complete complex of buildings remaining in the United States of the Arts & Crafts movement 'guilds.'

About THE BANK

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 Rushing Waters was built in 1883 by William Caryl Cornwell, a wealthy Buffalo banker. Intending it for a summer home, Cornwell chose a whimsical architectural design that was said to have been inspired by Germany's romantic Rhine Valley castles. 


A picturesque barn was also built here on the high banks of the Cazenovia Creek. As was customary in those days, the barn not only housed horses and carriages, but the coachman and other male servants. 


With the invention of the automobile, needs changed. The old barn was converted to a three-bay garage for cars. The stable's tack room, with its rustic stone fireplace, became a living room for the chauffeur's residence.

Times changed again. The old place has been given new life as the Carriage House. Come enjoy a restful getaway, surrounded by vintage charm and the unspoiled grounds of Rushing Waters.

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The Bank today

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The Bank 50th anniversary in 1932

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The Bank

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649 Main Street, East Aurora, New York 14052, United States

716-261-9876