Friday, February 5, 2010

Old Lorain City Hall & Police Station Part 2

By the early 1970's urban renewal plans for downtown Lorain were taking shape, and this included a new City Hall for Lorain. Here's an interesting transitional photo featuring both City Halls, with the new one still under construction.
At right is the "now" view, shot last Saturday. (Click on each for a larger view.)
I feel a twinge of sadness when I look at the top photo, because the photo shows Lorain just at the brink of losing a lot of its heritage and unique character, thanks to urban renewal.
Next week I'll be posting some photos and newspaper articles about the demolition of the old City Hall, which took place in March of '74.
By the way, I purchased the print of the old City Hall at The 530 Shop at – where else? – 530 Broadway in Lorain. It's a great place to shop for antiques, collectibles and gifts, especially one-of-a-kind items from Lorain's past. The 530 Shop dates back to the mid-1960's at the same location, and it's great to see a downtown store from Lorain's past still around.

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