Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Lorain, Ohio 2


June 12, 2015

Here is a building I was able to get close to, right on 28th Street, in front of the newer steel mills. I wonder how old it is and what its original use was. I imagine that it’s a storehouse now, but undoubtedly it was once involved in steel manufacturing. Or perhaps its fanciness means it was an administration building. The first two photos are of the front, which had been painted. The back of the building, shown in the third photo, doesn’t seem ever to have been painted. Just look at that fancy brick work. What pride people must have taken in designing and executing it.

Note added June 14: At least part of the mystery of this building has been solved. See today’s post.

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6 responses

  1. It’s hard to find this kind of craftsmanship in commercial construction. The unpainted brick is particularly nice.

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:39 AM

  2. bernhardtk@aol.com

    How much fun it would be to renovate it and turn it into a home!

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    June 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    • It would be an absolutely huge home, as you might guess from tomorrow’s photo of the west side of the building. But the main reason such a conversion is not likely in the foreseeable future is that this is an air-polluted (from the steel mills just yards away), depressed, high-crime area. Pity.

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      June 12, 2015 at 11:19 AM

  3. nannus

    This is fine architecture and should be put under protection. Such a status might lead to renovation and, as a result to the loss of its nice “patina”, but in any case, I hope that people in that city understand what they have in such buildings.

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    June 12, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    • I hope so, too, Andreas. The building is probably owned by U.S. Steel, and they probably won’t tear it down because that would be expensive to do. It would be nice if this building could hold out until it could be rescued.

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      June 13, 2015 at 3:12 PM

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