Reminisce: the places of the region in the national register

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The National Register of Historic Places is one of the most prestigious listings of historic sites in the United States. Twenty-six of these entries are located in Lima.

From iconic structures such as the Allen County Courthouse to private homes on Market Street Boulevard, Lima’s rich history is well represented with the National Register and deserves to be celebrated.

Some of the most recognized historic sites are municipal buildings. This includes the Allen County Courthouse, Memorial Hall, the U.S. Post Office, and the Lima Pennsylvania Railroad Passenger Depot.

In fact, the Allen County Courthouse was the first site to be listed for Lima, making the list in 1974. Its significance to the people of Lima, along with its striking architecture, made it an obvious choice for preservation on the national register.

Memorial Hall, the Post Office, and the Railroad Depot are also integral to Lima’s history and are therefore kept on the National Register.

Companies and private buildings make up the largest part of the listings in the National Registry of Lima. Perhaps the best known of Lima’s residents are the Ohio Theatre, the First National Bank and Trust Building, and the Metropolitan Block.

In addition to these three, the Adgate block, the Armory-Latisona building, the Barr hotel, the Beck and RC Cahill buildings, the Dorsey building, an Elks Lodge, the Argonne hotel, the Klaus block, the Lima Cleaning and Pressing Company, Spartan Stadium, Linneman Building, Martin and Kibby Blocks, Neal Clothing, Renz Block, JM Sealts Company Warehouse Building and Union Block are all listed on the National Register.

The most recent addition to the National Register among these is the JM Sealts Company Warehouse Building, which was listed last year in 2021.

Each of these buildings has occupied or continues to occupy an indispensable place in the history of Lima due to its antiquity, its architecture or its social significance.

The final category of sites are private homes. MacDonell House, which is owned by the Allen County Historical Society, is on the list. Frank Banta built the house in 1893 for his family, and the house has changed hands and been extended several times since.

The Neely-Sieber House on Spring Street is also listed on the National Register. Finally, the historic district of West Market Street Boulevard is also on the list of historic places. It goes from addresses 1410 to 1529 on Market Street.

Due to the abundance of history in the Allen County area, of the more than 90,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, Lima alone is home to 26. History is remembered by the Department of Interior, and Lima is no exception to this memory.

The lobby can be seen inside the former First National Bank and Trust building in downtown Lima. The downtown tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Allen County Courthouse clock tower is one of its distinguishing features. It was the first building in Lima listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Allen County Memorial Hall was built by the county to bring the national GAR encampment to Lima in 1908. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Metropolitan Block can be seen as it was photographed in 1963. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The safes are still inside the old First National Bank and Trust Building in downtown Lima.

A bank teller’s window is seen inside the old First National Bank and Trust building in downtown Lima.

Contact Kaylee Rigg at [email protected]

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