I n 2012, Theaster Gates, an artist purchased an abandonded bank in South Side, Chicago. The bank was entitled to his name at $1. Theaster implied his artistic and creative architect skills to convert the damaged bank as magnificient hub for pleasure activities.
Gates raised $3.7 million to modify the building into an music venue, art gallery, archive, community center, bar and library. Theaster's main motive behind rebuilding the bank was to revive the art and culture in neighbouring region.
Currently the Stony Island Bank in Chicago allows visitors to enjoy the urbanized facilities provided at the leisure museum, where you can even party if your flights cancel.
Stony Island Arts Bank remained abandoned for over 30 years. Until Theaster changed its look in 2012.
Stony Island Arts Bank includes a huge library that stocks wide category of books written by world's renowned writers.