Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection
Call number of Original
Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Format of Original
4 x 5" gelatin silver negative
Exterior view of Mechanics Hall (Maine Charitable Mechanics Association), 519 Congress Street, from south. Casco Street at left. Ground floor, from left: Carter Brothers Company jewelers (521 Congress Street), Cressey and Allen (517 Congress Street).
Designed by Portland architect Thomas P. Sparrow, Mechanics Hall was built in 1859. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815, as a social organization that promoted and supported the skilled trades and their practitioners. Its original members were master craftspeople, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs (referred to as "mechanics" in the 19th century).
Views of Mechanics Hall, in 1983, can be seen at this link.
Photo published in the Portland Press Herald, on 10 June 1947.
"Mechanics Hall, 1947" (1947). Businesses & Buildings - Portland Press Herald Still Film Negatives. 169.
Portland, Me, Downtown Portland, Congress Street, Office buildings