Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection
Call number of Original
EX 30 DEC 1983
Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
Format of Original
35mm gelatin silver negatives
Views of Mechanics Hall (Maine Charitable Mechanics Association), 519 Congress Street. A 1947 photograph of Mechanics Hall can be seen at this link.
The building was designed by Portland architect Thomas P. Sparrow, and 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). The Association also comprises a Library, on the second floor of the building, along with instructional courses related to mechanical drafting, crafts, and cultural lectures.
Left image: Full exterior view of Mechanics Hall, from south. Ground floor shops include Carter Brothers Company jewelers (521 Congress Street) and Fotoshops (517 Congress Street). Maine Savings Bank, at right.
Top right image: Maine Charitable Mechanics treasurer Elias Thomas arranging books in the Mechanics Hall Library. Some of the historic Trade Banners are visible at the top edge of the photo.
Bottom right image: Lawrence Chapman, Maine Charitable Mechanics Association president, seated in the Library near portraits of his predecessors.
Photos published in the Evening Express, on 30 December 1983
"Mechanics Hall (Maine Charitable Mechanics Association), 1983" (1983). Businesses & Buildings - Portland Press Herald Still Film Negatives. 667.
Portland, Me, Downtown Portland, Congress Street, Office buildings, Societies and clubs