Lewiston in Androscoggin County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
Peck's Department Store / Le Grand Magasin Peck
— The Museum in the Streets® —
Bradford Peck prospered in his Lisbon Street stores. In 1899, he opened the largest department store east of Boston on Main Street. Naysayers predicted bankruptcy, for they believed that customers would not cross Main Street from Lisbon Street to enter. The building was impressive with its terra-cotta arch at the entrance and display windows along two sides. The interior featured beautiful mosaic tiling, an elegant passenger elevator, a pneumatic-tube cash-carrier system, and modern fire protection. "The Great Department Store" occupied all five floors. Its window displays and Christmas decorations were famous; children knew it as the store that hosted Santa Claus. Over the years the elaborate exterior was "modernized." Shopping mall competition forced its closure in 1982.
Erected 2019 by The Museum in the Streets®. (Marker Number L3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the The Museum in the Streets®: Auburn-Lewiston, Maine series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
Location. 44° 5.917′ N, 70° 13.084′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Marker is at the intersection of Lisbon Street (Maine Route 196) and Main Street (U.S. 202), on the right when traveling north on Lisbon Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Lisbon St, Lewiston ME 04240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haymarket Square / La Place du Marché des Fourrages (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewiston, Maine (about 400 feet away); Chief Justice Armand A. Dufresne Jr. Plaza (about 500 feet away); Music Hall (about 500 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park / Le Parc des Vétérans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gold Star Families Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 141 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.