Watch: 'The Grecian Lady of Third Street,' seen in 1922

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If you stood in the middle of Third Street in 1922 and looked east from the intersection with Wilkinson Street this streetscape would be your view.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

If you stood in the middle of Third Street in 1922 and looked east from the intersection with Wilkinson Street, this streetscape would be your view.

The Old Post Office and Federal Building, built in 1914 by architect Herbert B. Knox, is on the right. Nicknamed “The Grecian Lady of Third Street,” the 16 two-story columns carved from a single block of New Hampshire granite are still its focal point.

This view of Third Street in downtown Dayton is the subject of this week's update to the popular Then & Now photo feature, which explores past and present views of notable Dayton locations.

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Dash across the street and the YWCA building, built in 1913, is on the left. Further down the block a sign for the YMCA building spans two stories.  Today that building is Dayton’s City Hall.

The City Bank clock tower sits on top of the Callahan Building at Third and Main Streets, along the horizon of the photograph.

As a young man, Paul Laurence Dunbar ran an elevator in this iconic building scribbling down bits of poetry between calls and studying the dialects of the passengers.

The building is no longer there but the clock resides at Carillon Historical Park.

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