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A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street Marker
Inscription.

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.

Les chalands de Noël eurent un tout nouveau magasin où faire leurs achats en 1932! Cette année-là, le grand magasin bon marché S.S. Kresge ouvrit ses portes dans un bâtiment Art Déco unique au centre ville d'Augusta. Le nouveau bâtiment remplaçait un bâtiment de style italianisant qui occupait tout un bloc et abritait l'École de Commerce Dirigo-qui possédait plusieurs sites à Augusta de 1867 à 2003. Le nouveau magasin s'étalait sur 500 mètre carrés et possédait des comptoirs en acajou et une buvette moderne. Trois énormes vitrines posées

A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street Marker
The former Kresge Building is across the street
sur des bases en granit rose et entourées de superbes moulures en cuivre rehaussaient la façade. En 1978, Richard Cummings acheta le bâtiment et y mit son magasin Hallmark, à qui il donna le nom de sa fille Stacy. En 2007 la façade et le cuivre furent restaurés pour retrouver leur élégance Art Déco.
 
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,
Former S.S. Kresge Building image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
3. Former S.S. Kresge Building
measured in a direct line); 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 94 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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