Thursday, October 15, 2009

In It's Prime-Smith Auto Parts Store(Potters National Bank)




You would never know that these two buildings were the same. The pic on the right was taken some time after 1925(EL High school is there). It was built in 1882 and was the first bank in East Liverpool. This building served as the Potters National Bank where, even money for our country was printed, until 1901, when PNB moved to a new location.
It now looks like an old faded picture. The city of East Liverpool is tearing this building down soon. I have not been able to find out when. But as I look at these pictures I can't help but wonder what happened? It was such a beautiful building at one time. While the building is on the Historical Register, it is also listed as Neglected. The letters PNB are still visible above the original entrance to the building and that is carved in stone. The style of this building is listed as High Victorian. Now, don't get me wrong, my ghost hunters eye loves the way the building looks today, but not everyone likes ghosts. Sadly, soon, this building will be a ghost. What was once the Pottery Capital of the World is now becoming the Parking Lot Capital of the World.
And at such great expense. Our history.