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For sale: Old bank building in Pawtucket. Vault included.

There’s a lot to like about the neoclassical building on Main Street: The checkerboard flooring. The green teller counter. The bathrooms. The elevator. But mostly, the huge vault. Take a look inside.

The old bank at 216 Main St. in downtown Pawtucket, also known as the Albert J. Vitali Building, is for sale. (Handout/Jenna, Listing Hub USA)Jenna, Listing Hub USA

PAWTUCKET – The neoclassical building at 216 Main St. in downtown Pawtucket hasn’t been used as a bank in some time, but if you were to walk inside, you might think you stepped into an early 20th-century time capsule, or a film set about a daring heist.

The checkerboard flooring. The green teller counter. The bathrooms. But mostly, the huge vault — the door of which sits open, but could function again for its original purpose if you got a locksmith to change the code.

The old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket is for sale -- vault included. Jenna, Listing Hub USA

It’s now for sale, listed at $749,000. And yes, the spacious vault is included —the building was built around it, like a glass bottle around a model ship. You’d need to break walls to take it out. And who would want to do that, anyway?

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“Walking into the vault is truly a beautiful experience,” said Kira Greene, the listing agent. “I’ve personally never seen anything like this except perhaps in a movie like ‘Ocean’s 11.’”

Greene, a founding agent of Compass Providence — which just opened Jan. 1, as it happens — listed the property on Wednesday. Most recently, it was used by the owner, a mixed-media artist. (You can see some of his paintings in the listings.)

Painting from the current owner, a mixed-media artist, lean against the wall in part of the former bank building in Pawtucket. The old elevator is still intact, near the stairs.Jenna, Listing Hub USA
The building is being sold by a mixed-media artist, and while it zoned for commercial use, it’s in the Pawtucket redevelopment zone and it could get various zoning uses, including residential.Jenna, Listing Hub USA
A lower floor of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket, which used to be a public part of the building.Jenna, Listing Hub USA
Old railings dividing the public areas of the original bank are still in place. Jenna, Listing Hub USA

“It really just became a love affair for him to bring it back,” Greene said. “The floors are shiny, every corner is painted.”

It was originally built for the Providence County Savings Bank in 1901, Greene said. Also known as the Albert J. Vitali Building, it’s in downtown Pawtucket, less than a mile from the new soccer stadium a developer is planning to build at the Tidewater Landing site and close to the Pawtucket/Central Falls commuter rail station slated to open later this month. The commuter rail station could be a selling point for Boston-based buyers, Greene said.

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The basement of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
The 13,576 square foot building offers five floors and plenty of storage spaces. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
The interior of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
It's easy to imagine tellers working behind this green counter on the lower level, which was once a bank in Pawtucket.Jenna, Listing Hub USA

The building is listed at 13,576 square feet, including the old customer-facing bank area and space upstairs to do, well, whatever a buyer wants to do with it. There’s already a kitchen and a place to sleep, but the owner did not use it as a primary residence. In fact, it hasn’t had very many different uses since it was a bank, Greene said.

It’s a commercial building by zoning, but because it’s in the Pawtucket redevelopment zone, it could get various zoning uses and city incentives, Greene said. That’s why they took both a commercial and a residential approach to listing it, leaning more toward residential.

A living space is set up on the upper floors of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket. The building is being sold by a mixed-media artist, and while it zoned for commercial use, it’s in the Pawtucket redevelopment zone and it could get various zoning uses, including residential. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
A kitchen area on an upper floor of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
A work space on the upper floors of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket looks like it is filled with repurposed furniture from the old bank.Jenna, Listing Hub USA
The bathrooms in the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket were made to accommodate a crowd.Jenna, Listing Hub USA

“We’re trying to show this building could be anything,” Greene said, like a restaurant where someone could sip a beer in the vault.

A day after it was listed, the property already has seven showings, Greene said.

The building is being sold by a mixed-media artist, and while it zoned for commercial use, it’s in the Pawtucket redevelopment zone and it could get various zoning uses, including residential.Jenna, Listing Hub USA
A work space on a sun-filled upper flor of the old bank building at 216 Main St. in Pawtucket. Jenna, Listing Hub USA
Old offices could be used for storage in the building. Jenna, Listing Hub USA


Plans for all five floors of the building. Jenna, Listing Hub USA

Brian Amaral can be reached at brian.amaral@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @bamaral44.