Architecture of the Lorain Station Historic District
Many of the commercial buildings currently standing in the Lorain Station Historic District are primarily brick structures, usually two stories in height. Most typically, these buildings were intended for mixed use, with storefronts located on the ground-level and offices or apartments on the floors above.
The vast majority of structures in the district were constructed within the period of 1906 to 1928. However, ten of the District's sixty-four structures were erected prior to 1906.
In recent years, a considerable amount of reinvestment has taken place throughout the Lorain Station Historic District. More than seventeen historic structures in the District have been restored to their historic state through the City of Cleveland and Cudell Improvement, Inc.'s Storefront Renovation Program that provides financial assistance to commercial property owners comprehensively rehabilitating the exteriors of their buildings. Additionally, more than $5 million has been invested to upgrade properties. Many of these buildings have been adaptively reused, creatively deviating from the purposes for which they were built.
Because of its designation as both a national and local historic district in 1994 and 1998, respectively, design review for building additions and modifications has been implemented to safeguard the historic character of the district.
In 2003, the Lorain Station Historic District was selected to participate in the Re-$tore Cleveland program, which is a comprehensive retail/commercial revitalization program incorporating the philosophy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Program with local market realities. Re-$tore Cleveland is a program administered jointly by the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, (CNDC), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI).
To read more about the individual landmarks of the Lorain Station Historic District, please visit the Historical and Notable Landmark Tour on the Discover Lorain Avenue website.