Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Gould Block Today

Today, it's great to see the Gould Block – the former home of Kline's Department Store – looking so elegant again like it did when it was first constructed in 1928.

It's quite different from this 1954 view (below) in which the building was literally split in half between Kline's and Kresge's.

Today there is much activity within the renovated Gould building, with the Charleston Coffee House at 630 Broadway and Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center at 610 Broadway. The fitness center (below) shares Kline's old address.

The beautiful Gardens of Charleston apartment project (shown below) at 610-630 Broadway was purchased by a new developer last year. The project is a key element in the hoped-for rejuvenation of Downtown Lorain.

Courtesy Gardens of Charleston Facebook page

I wish the developer well, and am very glad indeed to see the former home of Kline's getting such tender lover care.


Ken said...

Why was it called the Gould block?

Dan Brady said...

A man named Joseph Gould built and owned the building (which replaced his earlier building at the same site which burned down in 1928).

Ken said...

The 1954 picture is surprisingly good definition and I just spent a lot of time looking at it. I know I don't get to Lorain much anymore, but when I drive down Broadway things are very, very quiet (ve-wy). Just seeing the picture, with Kresge's, Kline's, Ted Jacobs around the corner (I suppose), so many different stores, and so much activity on the street! Cars parked and driving, the streetcar, a young woman walking down the street with her child-- its almost hard to believe so much used to go on. It was really the center of a community. Did the Mall ruin all that? Was it worth it?

-Alan D Hopewell said...

It's good to see housing opening up downtown, after the demolition of so many of the second-floor apartments along Broadway in the late Seventies.