Lima Memorial Hall

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Lima Memorial Hall
Lima Memorial Hall from south.jpg
Front of Memorial Hall
Lima Memorial Hall is located in Ohio
Lima Memorial Hall
Lima Memorial Hall is located in the United States
Lima Memorial Hall
LocationW. Elm and S. Elizabeth Sts., Lima, Ohio
Coordinates40°44′15″N 84°6′23″W / 40.73750°N 84.10639°W / 40.73750; -84.10639Coordinates: 40°44′15″N 84°6′23″W / 40.73750°N 84.10639°W / 40.73750; -84.10639
Area0 acres (0 ha)
ArchitectDawson & McLaughlin
Architectural styleBeaux Arts
NRHP reference #79001779[1]
Added to NRHPMay 7, 1979

The Lima Memorial Hall is a historic performing arts center and city hall on the edge of downtown Lima, Ohio, United States.[2] Designed by the architectural company of Dawson & McLaughlin and named for local military veterans, the Beaux-Arts building was built in 1908.[1] A dominating aspect of its architecture is the massive marble staircase that rises from the foyer to a second-floor open balcony.[2]

As a performing arts center, Memorial Hall has hosted concerts by John Philip Sousa's band, Victor Borge, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and singers from the Boston and Chicago opera companies.[2] It no longer serves as the city hall; the municipal offices are now located on Public Square at the center of the city.[3]

In 1979, Memorial Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both its architecture and its contribution to local history were significant enough to qualify it for listing by themselves.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ a b c Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 12.
  3. ^ City Hall, City of Lima. Accessed 2010-05-03.