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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

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Still Image

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Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

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35mm gelatin silver negatives


Full exterior views of the Byron Greenough Block (also known as the Lower Hay's Drug Store building), 256-262 Middle Street, from northeast. [After 1985, the building's address has been known as 24 City Center.]
Left image shows Sonny and Kay's Luncheonette, in the ground floor storefront, near Free Street. The James Bailey Company is visible on the right side of the right image.

The building was built in 1848, and was occupied by the clothier and hat maker Byron Greenough until 1856, after which it became the "Lower Hay's" location of H.H. Hay's Drug Store (1859-1964). The "Upper Hay's" was also in a flatiron-style building, but on Congress Square. In 1977, the Byron Greenough Block was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and was restored. The building survived the Great Fire of 1866, and can be seen in this photo.

Photos published in the Portland Press Herald, on 17 December 1977


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Businesses, Middle Street, Free Street


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In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.