Bath in Sagadahoc County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
City of Bath
Family traditions built this city with blocks of charity.
The old city hall’s shortcomings had been obvious for years, but it took bequest of land and money by George Patten Davenport to spark construction of the new City Hall in 1928 on the site of the Davenport home from the early 1800s. Davenport, sole survivor of a family that had shown their livelong commitment to charitable giving throughout the nineteenth century, left monies to numerous organizations, including the city. But about 94% of the nearly two-million dollar estate went to form the Davenport Trust Fund, established primarily “for the benefit of young and needy children, especially those of Bath,” and also for organizations that seek to improve the human condition. By this act and, also, the condition that the new city hall be designated the Davenport Memorial City Hall, a son sought recognition for his respected father and fulfillment of the family’s dream for a better City of Bath.
Family traditions built this city with brick and commercial activity.
Those earliest structures housed the family’s tin and stove shop, the work the Moses foundry, a business bought by Thomas W. Hyde, which evolved into Bath Iron Works. The Italianate storefront housed a variety of businesses in structure designed by a Bath boy, Francis Fassett, who became the most important Maine architects during the nineteenth century’s third quarter, The large structures, which bookended Front Street at Centre and Summer Streets, replaced buildings destroyed by fire. John Calvin Stevens, the leading architect in Maine during the late nineteenth century, created these later buildings.
Erected by City of Bath.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
Location. 43° 54.769′ N, 69° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 55 Front Street, Bath ME 04530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bath Street Clock (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named City of Bath (within shouting distance of this marker); Constable William Lawrence (within shouting distance of this marker); All Gave Some, Some Gave All - Vietnam War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bath Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Deckhouse from steamer Winapie ca.1909 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Launch day! (approx. 1.2 miles away); Shipyard Owner's Home (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bath.
Also see . . . Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview. The downtown of Bath evolved as a function of many local, national and international factors. Foremost among them is the city’s location on the west side of a navigable, straight, 5-mile stretch of the Kennebec River, a site that has proven to be ideal for shipbuilding for more than 200 years. (Submitted on September 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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