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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis Marker
Inscription.

Augusta's "Castle"! When first opened in 1890, the Portland Transcript called 295 Water Street "one of the most picturesque public buildings that the government has bestowed upon any city in the Union." Built of Hallowell granite and complete with a corner tower, Roman arches, a winding staircase, and 32,000 square feet of space, it was built in response to the growth of Augusta's publishing industry. It served as the city's main post office until the 1960s. The original building, a classic example of American architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque, was altered in 1910, making the tower the center point, then again in the mid-twentieth century, adding a south wing. Now known as The Olde Federal Building, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Le "Château" d'Augusta! Lorsqu'il ouvrit ses portes en 1890, le Portland Transcript appella 295 Water Street « l'un des bâtiments publics les plus grandioses que le gouvernement ait offert à une ville de l'Union. » C'était un bâtiment de 3 500 mètres carrés en granit de Hallowell orné d'une tour en coin, de voûtes romanes et d'un escalier tournant, qui fut construit pour répondre au développement des maisons d'édition à Augusta. Ce bâtiment servit de poste principale à Augusta jusque dans les années 1960. Le

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis and Marker
bâtiment original, un exemple classique d'architecture américaine de style Roman Richardsonien, fut réagencé en 1910. On y plaça la tour au centre, puis au milieu du vingtième siècle, on y ajouta une aile au sud. Maintenant connu sous le nom de Olde Federal Building, il a été classé dans le Registre National des Monuments Historiques en 1974.

[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
Postcard view of Federal Building, 1890

Postcard view of altered building, 1912
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 21.)
 
Location. 44° 18.87′ N, 69° 46.478′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street south of Winthrop Street/Front Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Market Square, 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); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (a few steps from this marker); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres

United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
3. United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis
(within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Square / La place du Marché (within shouting distance of this marker); Shipbuilding Days / L'époque des chantiers navals (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (about 300 feet away); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Post Office National Register of Historic Places Info. (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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