Past and Present Photographs of Springfield, Ohio

I’ve recently become a history geek when it comes to my hometown of Springfield, Ohio. Over the past couple of years I’ve built a digital collection of old photographs of Springfield from various sources. Several of the structures and buildings in the pictures I found (some nearly a century old) are still here. I love taking on photography projects and I wanted to present theses old photos in a way that that showed how the buildings and structures have changed over the years. Inspired by Dear Photograph and the work of  photographer Sergey Larenkov, I Photoshopped the old photos with pictures I took of the current locations.

The Fairbanks Building:

Constructed in 1906, The Fairbanks Building housed The Fairbanks Hotel, The Fairbanks Theater and a number of store fronts. Later, after the hotel closed, the rooms were converted to office space. The Fairbanks Building is now called the National City Bank Building which houses PNC Bank (who acquired National City) and a number of other businesses. The area where the theater was has been converted to office space as well.

The Fairbanks Building in Springfield, Ohio (more recently called the National City Bank Building)

The Pennsylvania House:

The Pennsylvania House was built in 1838-1839 and served as tavern and inn for travelers on the National Road. In 1939, the old tavern was purchased by the Lagonda Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and operated as a museum. The old photograph I found of this location is dated 1967. In 2005, The Pennsylvania House began an extensive restoration. The Pennsylvania House is still open to visitors throughout most of the year.

The Pennsylvania House in Springfield, Ohio

The NW Corner of High and Center:

The picture I found was dated sometime in the late 1950’s. During that time, on this corner resided a pharmacy (directly behind the man walking in the picture) followed by a carpet and linoleum store, the Delscamp Paint Store, then finally the Tecumseh Building. The pharmacy is now the Senior Services CARE facility, the carpet and linoleum store is now the furniture store Bloomingdeals with apartments above, Delscamp has been converted loft condominiums and  the Tecumseh Build has sat vacant since the mid 1980’s and I very badly want to explore it.

The NE Corner of High and Center in Springfield, Ohio




One thought on “Past and Present Photographs of Springfield, Ohio

  • August 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    hello, i love your pictures! i was curious if you had any more pictures of high and center, i just moved above the old bloomingdeals and i would love a photo for my boyfriend and our apartment. or do you have any photos of the building itself. also, do you happen to have any photos of the standard pharmacy? my great grandfather owned it and i would love to find something for my mom.



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