What caught my eye were the vintage signs that I'm guessing had been hidden for decades behind other structural elements. The signs advertise Central Furniture, along with some of the items the store carried, including beds, washers, and linoleum.
So when was Central Furniture at that address? Being curious (and having the time to waste), I hit the city directories.
The building appears to have been there since the mid-1930s. It started out as the home of a confectioner (Jennie Rouse) before being associated with the furniture business in the early 1940s. That's when Julius Margolis and his furniture company were there, until 1945 or so.
Central Furniture appeared in the 1947 book at that address, lasting until around 1960.
|A recent view prior to the current renovation|
(courtesy of the Lorain County Auditors site)
The late 1980s saw the Lorain County Goodwill Store as the tenant, followed by Kathy's Bargains in the early 1990s, before a long period of not even being listed at all.
Anyway, it's always good to see an old building in Lorain being used for something instead of being torn down. Here's hoping that whatever is being done to the building gives it new life and a role on Broadway.