Historic bank opened for visitors

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) — A nearly 100-year-old building was on display in Campbell on Sunday afternoon. It’s leading up to a renovation that begins this week.

Photographers and artists were able to step inside the City Trust and Savings Bank; a piece of Campbell history just across the road from the old Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.

“Our steel mills built a nation. So we’re a very important place here. Some of the most monumental technology on the planet and some of the most monumental things were pioneered right here in this Valley by our people,” said Iron Soup Historical president Tim Sokoloff .

Sokoloff invited people to document the old bank before his Iron Soup Historical organization gets to work on restoring it.

“The beautiful facade on the front of it has been here for almost 100 years, and it’s still in good shape. It’s not eroded. That’s how they built things back in the day, like the Sheet and Tube Company homes. This is a monolithic testament to our ingenuity and our technology of the day,” said Sokoloff.

The building’s owner, Ted Perantinidies, was happy to donate it to Sokoloff to preserve its history.

“He has Campbell in his DNA. So I figured, I’m old, or old enough. And rather than just abandon the building, I gave it to Tim,” said Perantinidies.

Visitors went downstairs to the old vault, which is now covered by a three-foot block of ice. Upstairs, Iron Soup Historical is looking to make the bank a community gathering place for events like fundraisers and art shows.

“I think would be a brilliant place for that. It’s nostalgic-looking and everything. It’s not antiseptic-looking or anything,” said Iron Soup Historical executive director Linda Gens.

Giving new life to the old sites of the Steel Valley.

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