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Before and After: Lexington Mall
Before and After: Lexington Mall

Lexington, Kentucky’s second indoor mall, the aptly named Lexington Mall, opened in 1975 with McAlpin’s, Shoppers Choice Supermarket and a discount center as its anchors and 46 tenants. It’s completion was marred only by the bankruptcy of its original developers, which left much of the center concourse unfinished for several years. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, the center boasted 100% occupancy rates, only to begin unraveling when the Fayette Mall began its expansion in 1993 and again with the completion of the first phase of Hamburg Pavilion in 1998. By the end of the 20th century, most of the tenants in Lexington Mall had left, leaving Dillard’s (successor to McAlpin’s) as the only tenant until it too vacated in September 2005. Read More

Into the Hills

Descending into the hills of Kentucky, which is my home territory, is something of a ritual.

Or a fix. It’s similar to a drug that you need frequent doses of to really admire. The forested hills, the rural, dated landscape, the small towns, the 24-hour diners serving up the greasiest of foods and loads of straight black coffee. Out here, the faux city life is not wanted; it’s all about basic attire, hardworking folks who toil to make electricity for us, rustic trucks, and a hometown warmth. Read More

Ashland Gasoline Station, Jackson, Kentucky

This Ashland Gasoline Station is located along KY 15 in Jackson, Kentucky and is in danger of being demolished. It is the only Ashland station that I have discovered with an Ashland “A” logo on the side, an unmodified exterior and an Ashland station logo. It was in operation until very recently, and it may have been open to allow Marathon to retain the Ashland trademark in the state. Read More

The Foundry to be Razed

The Foundry at South Strabane, a retail development near Washington, Pennsylvania, will be demolished. The first tenant to locate at The Foundry was JCPenny’s in February 2007, after it relocated from the languishing Washington Mall. Other tenants included Ross Dress for Less and Bed Bath & Beyond. But the development, built atop an old mine dump and steep hillside, began to settle and the buildings began exhibiting structural failures. Read More

Neel, Ohio
Neel, Ohio

Deep within the hills in Neel, Ohio lies an abandoned country market and the remains of a covered span that was washed away in 1997. Read More

Legal Arts Centre

Stephen Baytos was a visionary downtown Youngstown, Ohio developer who had earlier completed the modern Voyager Motor Inn in 1963 and proposed Plaza One a year later, a modernistic mid-rise with a Cinerama theater, shopping mall and apartment complex. While Plaza One was never completed, his third project, the Legal Arts Building, was completed in 1965 to house legal offices for the Mahoning County Courthouse across the street. Read More

The Paramount

The Paramount Theatre is located in Youngstown, Ohio and was originally known as the Liberty Theatre. Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, with Stanley & Scheibel serving as associate architects, the vaudeville house opened on February 11, 1918 with the production of “A Modern Musketeer.” The late Neo-classical, Ecole des Beaux Arts exterior featured terra cotta ornamentation, while the interior featured ornate plaster detailing and 1,700 seats. Read More

Stambaugh Building
Rehabilitating Youngstown’s Tallest

There is a lot of commonality between Youngstown, Ohio and the Ohio River valley that I grew up within near Ironton. Both are areas that have experienced major employment losses, either due to a declining steel mill or other heavy industries; both are areas that have experienced population declines in the cities; both are areas that are impoverished. But the severity of Youngstown’s losses are hard to compare to. Read More