519 Congress Street
Thomas J. Sparrow, the city’s first noteworthy native architect, designed this building for the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association, an organization devoted to “cultivating the mind, and training up a race of mechanics of sound moral principal and intellectual power...”
The original plan for the building primarily considered the Mechanic Association’s use, though it did provide for storefronts along the street. The high arches on the front of the building dominate the monumental facade. The wide overhanging cornice with brackets and rusticated granite blocks at the corners identify the building as Italianate.
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