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Youngstown in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Union National Bank Building / Central Square (1798-1899)

 
 
Union National Bank Building Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
1. Union National Bank Building Side of Marker
Inscription.
Union National Bank
Building
The First National Bank erected the present building in 1926 during a period of great industrial and social development in the Mahoning Valley. This bank merged with the Commercial National Bank to form the Union National Bank in 1932. The building was designed by the noted Cleveland architectural firm Walker & Weeks. Frank Walker (1877-1949) and Harry F. Weeks (1871-1933) also designed Cleveland's Public Library, Severance Hall, and Federal Reserve Bank plus over 60 Ohio banks. The 14-story building incorporates classical details such as impressive Corinthian columns and a Roman-inspired frieze. The breathtaking 3-story lobby features a guilded coffered ceiling, marble walls, brass-railed balconies, and colorful mosaic panels. Several other banks have occupied this northwest corner of Youngstown's Central Square since the 1860s. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Central Square
(1798-1899)
John Young included a public square in his town plan of 1798. A one-room log schoolhouse opened in 1803. In the decades that followed, the Market and Federal Street intersection became the social center of Youngstown with wood-frame houses, churches, and an opera house surrounding the square. Horse-drawn streetcars, running from
Central Square (1798-1899) Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
2. Central Square (1798-1899) Side of Marker
Brier Hill through the square, became the first form of public transportation in 1875. From 1869 to 1969 the nationally known Tod Hotel dominated the southeast corner of the square. Guests included seven U.S. presidents. Federal Street was paved in 1882, and electric street lights were installed in 1886. The "Diamond," as the square was sometimes called, became the transportation hub of the city, especially after the Market Street Bridge opened in 1899. Marker for "Central Square (1900-2004)" across the street t.
 
Erected 2014 by Youngstown Cityscape, Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 37-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 6.024′ N, 80° 38.966′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker is at the intersection of Wick Avenue and West Federal Street, on the right when traveling south on Wick Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 West Federal Plaza, Youngstown OH 44503, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1959-1975 The Vietnam War (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Heroes of the Township
Union National Bank Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
3. Union National Bank Building Marker
Marker in background. Building at right.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Central Tower / Mahoning National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Soldiers' Monument / Realty Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Log School (about 300 feet away); Little Steel Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Warner Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harry Burt and Good Humor / Ross Radio Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Categories. ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce
 
Central Square & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
4. Central Square & Marker
The area was closed to vehicular traffic for pavement striping.
Union National Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
5. Union National Bank Building
West Federal Street side of the building.
Union National Bank Building & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
6. Union National Bank Building & Marker
Now Chase Bank. This is the Wick Avenue side. I could not fit all of this side of the building in the frame.
Union National Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 28, 2017
7. Union National Bank Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 30, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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