It seems that I found almost every new building on Broadway from that era except the Thistle Building (such as the Duane Building).
Well, here’s another one. Above is the front page illustration with caption announcing the upcoming construction of the new Krantz Hardware Company building. Its location was described as the southwest corner of Broadway and Franklin Street (today’s Fifth Street).
The building would be better known as the longtime home of Lorain Hardware (run by the Krantz family).
The 1924 Lorain Tornado would strip the building of its top floor and roof. You can see the damage in the photo below, courtesy of the Lorain Historical Society.
The building’s facade was later hidden by a Mansard-style roof, giving it a more modern appearance as seen in this photo, also courtesy of the Lorain Historical Society.
Today, the building has been restored to its original, ornate appearance.