"As you probably know, it was a substantial building on Broadway, across from the old location of St. Joseph Hospital. Although the bank building itself is long gone, the site is easily identified by the four stone columns that supported the front facade. These were left standing on the site when the building was demolished, and for all intents appear to be the remains of ancient Roman ruins. It might make a before and after subject for your blog."
Rick’s suggestion was a good one, because I hadn’t seen this particular hand-tinted postcard before. Surprisingly, I had given the bank the “then and now” treatment back in 2013, but with an illustration (show below), not a photo.
(This was the post on which my older brother hilariously observed that,"Judging from the drawing, I think the original Lorainites must have been about 8 inches tall back then. And their horses too.”)
As it turns out, the original Penfield Avenue Bank bank (which later changed its name to the Central Bank Co.) was a favorite subject of a lot of postcards, including this one photographed by Willis Leiter (below).
Anyway, here again is the May 2013 “now” view (below). (Note the traffic lights, a veritable endangered species in Lorain these days.)
And here’s my shot from last weekend.