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D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams Marker
Inscription.

In 1910, Delbert W. Adams opened a store on Water Street offering "strictly first-class goods at a fair margin of profit." In 1920, Adams moved across the street to 190 Water Street, where the store operated until it closed in 1982. The Bussell & Weston Co. building and inventory that Adams purchased in 1920 gave him the location he wanted, and he gave Augusta one of the biggest markdown sales ever! Pictured here are clerks who worked at D. W. Adams in 1960: Dot Woodard, Florence Lennon, Beatrice Rich, Margaret Lee, Eleanor Goodwin, Marion Alcop, Nellie Cloutier, and Rene Pelletier. The 1909 building is significant today as an unaltered early 20th century department store. Chicago style windows mark the upper floors and large display windows line the store façade.

En 1910, Delbert W. Adams ouvrit un magasin dans la rue Water qui offrait « des marchandises de qualité au juste prix. » En 1920, Adams déménagea en face au 190 rue Water où le magasin demeura jusqu'à sa fermeture en 1982. Le bâtiment de Bussell & Weston Co. et l'inventaire qu'Adams acheta en 1920 lui fournissaient l'emplacement qu'il désirait, et il offrit les soldes les plus avantageuses qu'Augusta ait jamais connues ! On voit ici des employés qui travaillaient à D.W. Adams en 1960 : Dot Woodard, Florence Lennon, Beatrice Rich, Margaret

D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams Marker
Former Adams Dept Store across street
Lee, Eleanor Goodwin, Marion Alcop, Nellie Cloutier, and René Pelletier. Le bâtiment de 1909 est aujourd'hui représentatif d'un grand magasin du début du vingtième siècle dans son état original. Les fenêtres de style Chicago ornent les étages supérieurs et de grandes vitrines s'alignent sur la façade du magasin.

[Photo caption reads]
D.W. Adams sales staff on the 50th anniversary of D. W. Adams, July 1960.
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Location. 44° 18.995′ N, 69° 46.411′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Water Street north of Oak Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 191 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fort Western on the Kennebec (a few steps from this marker); An Ornament to the City / Un joyau de la ville (within shouting distance of this marker); A New Look for Water Street / Un nouvel arrivant dans Water Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie

D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
3. D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams
Erected as the Bussell & Weston Block
(about 400 feet away); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (about 400 feet away); Birds and Fish of the Kennebec (about 600 feet away); Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western (about 600 feet away); First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du Kennebec (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. D.W. Adams-Bussell & Weston Block National Register Information. (Submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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