Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit
The Museum in the Streets
Amid the destruction of the 1865 Great Fire, a new and magnificent building was already rising. Granite Block, built at the corner of Water Street and Market Square, was a three-story edifice faced with granite. The third floor had a 1500 seat hall and large stage to accommodate civic events and theatrical touring companies. Granite Hall was a popular location for meetings - Maine suffrage women organized here in 1873. Many famous actors appeared, including Laura Keene and Joseph Jefferson. The building was damaged twice by fire, but rebuilt. In 1930 it was renovated into the Capitol Movie Theater. After entertaining several generations of Augusta moviegoers, it closed. In the 1960s local groups tried to maintain the building, but another fire led to demolition in 1983.
Au milieu des décombres du Grand Incendie de 1885, un nouveau bâtiment magnifique vit le jour. Granite Block, construit au coin de Water Street et de la place Market Square, était un bâtiment de trois étages avec une façade en granit. Le troisième étage possédait une salle de 1500 places avec une grande estrade pour toutes sortes de
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• Granite Block, c. 1879
• Postcard view of Granite Block showing Kennebec Savings Bank, c. 1918.
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Notable Buildings • Women. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
Location. 44° 18.874′ N, 69° 46.464′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 (a few steps from this marker); United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis (a few steps from this marker); Market Square / La place du Marché (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals (within shouting distance of this marker); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . .
1. History of Augusta, Maine (Varney, 1886).
2. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 152 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.