A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street
The Museum in the Streets
Holiday shoppers on Water Street in 1932 had a brand new store to shop! That year, the S.S. Kresge five and dime store opened in a modern Art Deco building unique in downtown Augusta. The new building replaced an Italianate block building that once housed the Dirigo Business School, which operated at various sites in Augusta from 1867 to 2003. The new store featured 4,500 square feet of floor space, mahogany counters, and a modern soda fountain. Three large display windows with pink granite bases and ornate copper moldings were a striking feature of the façade. In 1978, Richard Cummings purchased the building and moved his Hallmark Store, named for his daughter Stacy, to the site. In 2007 the façade and its decorative copper were restored to their Art Deco flair.
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Maine Community Foundation, and Stacy's Hallmark Shop. (Marker Number 25.)
Location. 44° 18.939′ N, 69° 46.446′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Oak Street, on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 244 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (a few steps from this marker); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie (a few steps from this marker); An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la ville (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta (about 300 feet away, Market Square / La place du Marché (about 300 feet away); Old Fort Western on the Kennebec (about 300 feet away); D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams (about 400 feet away); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Also see . . .
1. Kresge Building (Augusta ME) National Register Information. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. S.S. Kresge Company History. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 79 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.