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Location DB > United States > Ohio > Lorain > Lorain Warehouse
Lorain Warehouse
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created by jellybeans95 on 11/7/2007 2:29 AM
last modified by jellybeans95 on 4/28/2013 2:19 PM
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A large, 5 story, warehouse-type building near downtown Lorain.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Open to public now as re-purposed health/dentistry facitlity
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Lorain, Ohio
United States
Owner: City of Lorain
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • water
  • broken glass everywhere
  •  Interesting Features
    Great views of the city from the 5th floor.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  • Active building right next door where cops often sit to catch speeders
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1919
    Closed: 1988
     Required Equipment
  • long pants / sleeves
  • boots/thick-soled footwear
  •  Recommended Equipment
    gloves, flashlight (first and basement floors only), camera
    Some more research has turned up info on this place.

    It was built in 1919 according to the stone on the building, but it doesn't show up in any city directories until 1926, where it is shown to be operated by a Richman Brothers store (clothing, I assume...I've always been told this place housed a clothing store at one time.)

    In 1937, the Goodall Company (apparently associated with Richman Bros.) was listed as owners. They were a clothing manufacturer, and rumor has it, made parachutes for World War II. In 1940, the building went vacant.

    National Terminals Company, a storage company, took over from 1942-1947, when it again went vacant.

    1950, Sci-Eff-Ec Laboratories (a chemical engineering and water conditioning company) shared the building with S. Weitz & Co., also a clothing manufacturer. In 1954, Lorain Screen Process, a sign and card company, was added to the roster. I'm not sure when, but Sci-Eff-Ec Laboratories left sometime in the mid-50's.

    From 1955-1958, S. Weitz shared the building with the Lorain Board of Elections. In 1959, S. Weitz left and Lorain Storage & Warehousing moved in. They would share the building with the BoE until 1963. They would be joined in 1964 by yet ANOTHER clothing company, Joesph & Feiss.

    Joesph & Feiss moved out in 1972, when the Gel-Pak fruit company moved in, sharing space with the BoE. Gel-Pak's Banana Specialties building was housed here, sending frozen bananas off to Cedar Point (amongst other places) for chocolate covered bananas.

    Shortly after, the BoE moved out, leaving the building solely to Gel-Pak. Last known occupancy of the building was 1988, when Lorain Foods, Inc. took over for a short time.

    In late 2011, ground was broken for the Lorain County Health & Dentistry Facility. As of May 20th 2013, they will be fully moved into the old warehouse facility.
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     Future Plans
    As of 2012, the building was re-purposed as the Lorain County Health & Dentistry building.

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    Trip 1, Scout
    Sat, Oct 20th, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
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    Trip 2
    Wed, Nov 7th, 2007
    posted by jellybeans95
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 6/3/2014 12:23 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 3 14 at 0:23, Steed validated this location
  • on Apr 28 13 at 21:17, jellybeans95 made this location public
  • on Apr 28 13 at 14:19, jellybeans95 changed the following: History, Year Closed, Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on Apr 28 13 at 13:55, jellybeans95 changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Apr 26 10 at 21:26, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Apr 25 10 at 17:11, jellybeans95 changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Nov 9 07 at 21:30, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Nov 8 07 at 4:45, jellybeans95 changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, History, Year Built
  • on Nov 7 07 at 8:07, jellybeans95 made this location available
  • on Nov 7 07 at 8:07, jellybeans95 updated gallery picture 100_6722.JPG
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