FBG Project N-027
• Source: FBG-Sweet's
Two Mercantile Buildings for Rumford Falls Power Co
- Rumford Falls, ME
- Contract: ca. Jun 1904
- Strathglass Building:
- Engineers: Stone, Carpenter & Wilson (Providence, RI)
- National Register of Historic Places 80000244
- Rumford Falls Power Co Building:
- Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh (NYC)
- National Register of Historic Places 80000243
- Both standing & in use
This project was two mercantile/office buildings, part of an upgrade to the mill town from frame construction to rather grand concrete and brick replacements. They stand about 200 feet apart along Congress Street.
Both buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The Strathglass Building at 33 Hartford Street was originally built at three stories, with cast columns and a very grand Beaux Arts design. It was extended with an imposing overhanging fourth story after a fire and subsequent conversion to the Hotel Harris in 1931.
The two-story Rumford Falls Power Company Building at 49 Congress Street was built at the same time, another very grand Beaux Arts building. At some point, it was stripped of its elaborate cornice.
The FBG org chart of Aug 1905 lists the architects above for Jobs 354 (Strathglass) and 355 (Rumford Power).
- Both buildings are standing and in current use, although they have been remodeled and adapted over the years.
- The Strathglass Building about 1906, as originally built:
- The Rumford Falls Power Company Building about 1906, as originally built:
My mother in law grew up in Rumford and knew these buildings well.