Dorsey Building

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Dorsey Building
Dorsey Building site in Lima.jpg
Site of the Dorsey Building
Dorsey Building is located in Ohio
Dorsey Building
Location 208 S. Main St., Lima, Ohio
Coordinates 40°44′16″N 84°6′20″W / 40.73778°N 84.10556°W / 40.73778; -84.10556Coordinates: 40°44′16″N 84°6′20″W / 40.73778°N 84.10556°W / 40.73778; -84.10556
Area less than one acre
Built 1899
Architect Emory H. Dorsey
Architectural style Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82001350[1]
Added to NRHP October 7, 1982

The Dorsey Building was a historic commercial building in Lima, Ohio, United States. Located along South Main Street in the city's downtown, it was built in a transitional style of architecture in 1899.[1] Among its most distinguishing features was elaborate stonework, which was deemed equal to that of the adjacent Linneman Building and superior to that of all other Lima buildings.[2] Like the Linneman Building and several other buildings on South Main, the Dorsey Building was constructed during a period of great prosperity in Lima: the railroad industry was expanding, and the discovery of petroleum in the vicinity had led to an economic boom in the city's economy.[3]:5

In 1982, the Dorsey Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural significance. It was one of seventeen buildings in and around downtown Lima to be added to the Register at the same time as part of the "Lima Multiple Resource Area."[1] Six of the other sixteen were located along South Main, including the buildings adjacent to the Dorsey on both north and south.[3]:5, 8 Today, the Dorsey Building remains listed on the Register,[1] but the building has been demolished; in its place sits a parking lot.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 13.
  3. ^ a b Hopkins, Phyllis G. National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Lima Multiple Resource Area. National Park Service, 1980-05-15. Accessed 2010-04-24.
  4. ^ Photograph in infobox