The Vault in Roxborough is open! At the beginning of July, VBC moved into the new corporate offices on 6128 Ridge Ave. After a few years of hard work, VBC | Construction has almost completed the full renovation of the main floors at The Vault, creating VBC’s new home that will also act as a collaborative community workspace for other small businesses. The Vault will soon become the premier workplace in Philadelphia.
The Vault was originally built in 1926 by the Roxborough Trust Company where they made it into one of the most recognizable buildings in the area. Unfortunately, the depression hit, and many businesses failed including the Roxborough Trust Company, forcing its closure in 1931. For the next several decades, the building was used for many things including the home of the YMCA prior to 1965, and during the holiday season, a place for neighborhood children to visit with Santa Clause. Unfortunately, the building sat dormant for several years and although was still landmark building within the community, was left without any care. In 2016 The Philadelphia Historic Commission added the building to its register for protection assuring that it would remain part of the community for years to come. Shortly after, recognizing the beauty and importance of the building to the community, Vaughan Buckley acquired the building and began plans to reinvent it into a functional place for businesses to operate. In mid 2018 the renovation on the building began with beautiful architectural designs provided by Sara Logan and team at VBC | Studio. Over the next two years the building evolved into the vision that both Vaughan and Sara had for it becoming what we see today, The Vault.
The Vault’s transformation into an architecturally designed masterpiece maintaining important original features while integrating a modern design approach has been a long, but rewarding challenge. The blending of these two era’s transform a local historical landmark into a beautifully functioning collaborative workspace that will host many businesses looking to grow. VBC is excited to call The Vault home and welcome other community businesses to join us in celebration of a vision becoming reality.