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Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit Marker
Inscription.

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 manifestations et tournées théâtrales - Granite Hall était un lieu populaire pour toutes sorties de réunions - les suffragettes du Maine y fondèrent leur mouvement en 1873. De nombreux acteurs

Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit Marker
Looking south along Water Street
célèbres y jouèrent, dont Laura Keene et Joseph Jefferson. Le bâtiment brûla deux fois, mais on le reconstruisit. En 1930 il fut transformé en cinéma, le Capitol Movie Theater. Après avoir divèrti plusieurs générations de cinéphiles à Augusta, il ferma ses portes. Dans les années 60, plusieurs associations locales tentèrent de préserver le bâtiment, mais un autre incendie engendra sa démolition en 1983.

[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
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.)
 
Location. 44° 18.874′ N, 69° 46.464′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street south of Winthrop Street/Front Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 295 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
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).

Mentions the Granite Block
(Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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