Last weekend, Marcin and I met Gary at the Herald Building, 734 Broadway.
The owner says, “It’s a really cool old building built originally in 1901 to house the News Herald with the second story added in 1905.”
The second story addition is most obvious when the building is viewed from the alley.
Gary sent some photos of photos – one of the original Herald Building and one of an Editor – that he found at the Lorain Historical Society. [I edited them a bit for clarity only. -lisa]
The caption under the building photo reads: “”Leather Lungs” Tommy Williams would shout elections returns from balcony. Bulletins were placed in windows. Election returns were published about 1 or 2 AM* Price 1[cent] each. Newsboys bought papers for 2 for 1[cent].”
I will never understand why The Powers That Be allow a beautiful facade like the original Herald to be lost forever, while just down the street a developer is being made to preserve the facades of some relatively nondescript and not historically important buildings. -lisa
Inside the Herald building, the walls have been stripped down to the lath boards, the interior windows [!] have been revealed, and evidence of the previous existence of skylights is visible. What the owners originally thought was going to be a quick fix has turned into a desire to discover the building’s secrets and former lives, as well as restore her original beauty properly but with a modern twist.
I found an interesting bit of history in the ceiling:
The earliest mention I found for this product was in the April 5, 1905, edition of the “Tobacco Leaf” – a newsletter “Devoted to the Wholesale and Retail Cigar and Tobacco Interests of the World.”:
“The corps of men under John J. Batchelor are doing good work introducing Green Goose, a scrap brand made by Frishmuth, Bro. & Co., to the local consumer.”
Not sure what purpose this would have served tacked up in the ceiling between the rafters, but it was in a couple different spots.
Marcin scored the History Shot of the Day with this beautiful piece of Lorain history, “The Big Three” [or 4 or 5?] – Jack Yingling, Johnny Bruno Blackie, Bob Haley, “Louie” Vergari, and “Louie” Rango carved their names in a door for posterity’s sake:
[I edited the photo for clarity only. -lisa]
I found a 2-year-old Jack Yingling in the 1940 census. Also found his obituary – he died April 5, 2010. The family lived on Osborn Ave. and were known for their self-crafted SantaLand. I think I found at least one of the “Louie”s, too. These guys probably wouldn’t have been in the building until sometime in the 1950s-1960s-1970s.
I’m kinda new at tracking down people through genealogy searches, so please pardon my seeming inability to tell you each guy’s story at this time. I’m not always positive that I have found the right person and I hesitate to attribute something to someone without being absolutely sure that it’s them. In this case, the guys I have found with the names that match the door have quite a range of ages between them, so I’m not sure if I’ve found a combination of fathers and sons or cousins or neighbors. If you have any information to share, please leave a comment or email us at Lorain365[at]gmail[dot]com.
Much thanks to Gary for the invitation and taking time out of his busy day to meet me and Marcin at the Herald Building. It’s always nice to be able to indulge in a little legal and safe urban exploration. We are looking forward to seeing Gary and his associates bring this building back to life and become an important part of the reinvention and revitalization of Downtown Lorain.