The view from the second floor of the Shipyards. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar.

Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic. It’s the only waterfront event center between Cleveland and Sandusky, said events manager Jennifer Kopf. The privately owned business is a sign of Lorain’s rebirth.

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