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Lima: Downtown: Lima Trust Building Renovation
« on: September 28, 2006, 10:19:44 PM »
The current owner has some big plans for this building.  There is a plan to restore the 1st and 2nd Floors as soon as the new tenant finalizes their lease (which should be very soon).  The teller cages will remain and be converted to offices (more like cubicles) and the boardroom will become an office.  From what I've heard, there seems to be a commitment to keep as much of the historical elements as possible.  Later plans include renovating upper floors for residential and office use.

Construction start: November 1925
Construction finish: December 1926
Height: 12 stories
Architect: Weary & Alford Company of Chicago, IL
Builder: W H Horster of Tulsa, OK

This bank building was constructed as Lima's "daylight office building" in Lima's booming downtown.  It replaced a a three story bank building on the same site.  The prospectus explains that the "chief aim has been not how cheap but how good can this building be made for our tenants."  The building was envisioned as acting as a "silent partner" for its many physicians, dentists, attorneys, and other professional tenants.  Obviously a bank was the main first floor tenant.  The banks occupying the space over the years were Lima Trust Company, which mergered in 1931 with First American Bank & Trust to form Lima First American Trust.  This bank liquidated in 1933 and on September 9 of that same year, the National Bank of Lima was formed by a group of local businessmen.  In 1963 it was purchased by First National Bank and Trust.  The bank was purchased in 1975 by Huntington National Bank.  Huntington vacated the building sometime in the late 80's or early 90's.

Exterior
It was advertised as bring of fire-proof steel construction, with the exterior of gray Indiana limestone over a base of polished granite.




1st Floor
The bank lobby was described as monumental in the original building prospectus, which is still the best description of the vaulted ceiling of decorative plaster, brass fixtures, and marble staircases.















Stained Glass Window
The stained-glass window on the west end symbolizes the connection of agriculture and manufacturing in Lima's economy.  The central figure is a female representation of prosperity and is flanked by an image of a farmer on one side, a factory worker on the other, and a train locomotive below. 




Now skipping to the 2nd Floor
The 2nd Floor boardroom has walls paneled in black walnut.






Interesting fact:  One of the many features of the building was the burglar "alarm."  Inside each teller cage was button near the floor which could be pressed with the foot in case of robbery.  This would dispense tear gas through slotted fixtures just above floor level.

Interesting fact:  As late as 1966, the Federal Reserve of Cleveland would store $14 - $15 million cash in the downstairs vault.

Much of this information is from the Allen County Reporter
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006, 10:21:27 PM »
Very cool.  Thanks.

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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2006, 10:41:13 PM »
Great news! I hope this happens.

That lobby is beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006, 05:25:12 AM »
Very cool. The stained glass is amazing.

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2006, 07:23:53 AM »
wow...thats amazing.  like stepping back into time
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2006, 07:59:26 AM »
Beautiful place. It's gratifying to see that, although it's been in disuse for some time, it hasn't been destroyed by vandals. It's exciting that it will be returned to use.
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2006, 09:50:11 AM »
Just so long as they keep the window air conditioners.

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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2006, 11:42:45 AM »
I need to get back up to Lima.
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2006, 12:20:44 PM »
Somewhat reminiscent of Perrysburg. They turned their old bank into a night club. Very swank.
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2006, 10:13:55 PM »
Very nice shots...good eye for detail, there, Dffly. 

That interior is fabulous, esp since it seems pretty intact, too.


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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2006, 10:31:55 PM »
holy crap, its mr. zip!

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« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2006, 01:44:13 AM »
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2006, 01:55:30 AM »
I wish that building was in Wheeling.
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2007, 10:24:08 PM »
What was your source of this information?  Also, is there any new status on it?  I am an ex-Lima resident now living in Toledo and I think this would be real exciting for downtown Lima.

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2008, 12:15:51 PM »
Hum. That is unfortunate, although I'm not too surprised. The alternative buildings need love too, so its not completely upsetting news.

It would be interesting to determine the occupancy of Lima's many towers.

Weary & Alford also designed the art deco Second National Bank Building in Hamilton--one of my favorite buildings in the city.
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2008, 12:21:13 PM »
Beautiful building, too bad about its location.

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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2008, 01:09:41 PM »
The boardroom is simply ... beautiful! I want that in my house.

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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2008, 01:50:07 PM »
The board room looks just the west room at in my parents house.  Same paneling and everything!  wow!
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Re: The Lima Trust Building
« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2008, 02:16:07 PM »
Beautiful building, too bad about its location.

I can take this statement two different ways, so before I get all bent out of shape, can you please elaborate?
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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2009, 10:37:49 PM »
Good news on the Schnorff Building:

http://www.wlio.com/localNews.aspx?NewsID=10468

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Re: Lima: Downtown: Lima Trust Building Renovation
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 11:24:16 AM »
From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit list released by on December 20, 2016:  https://www.development.ohio.gov/files/media/pressrelease/2016%201220%20Awards%20Assist%2018%20Historic%20Rehabiliation%20Projects%20-Round%2017.pdf

Lima Trust Building (First National Bank) (Lima, Allen County)
Total Project Cost: $19,114,103
Total Tax Credit: $2,355,000
Address: 43 Town Square, 45801

The Lima Trust Building sits in a prominent location in downtown Lima.  Constructed in 1926, it housed a bank, offices, and retail spaces but is now almost completely vacant.  After rehabilitation, the building will house commercial space on the first floor and 47 one, two, and three bedroom apartments on the upper floors.  Historic features such as decorative windows and plaster work, wood trim, marble floors, and original chandeliers will be retained.
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