D.W. Adams Department Store / Le grand magasin de D.W. Adams
The Museum in the Streets
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
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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
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.)
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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 94 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 9, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.