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Rumford Public Library

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Area  less than one acre
NRHP Reference #  88003023
Phone  +1 207-364-3661
Added to NRHP  5 January 1989
Built  1903 (1903)
Opened  1903
Architectural style  Romanesque architecture
Rumford Public Library
Location  Rumford Ave., Rumford, Maine
MPS  Maine Public Libraries MPS
Address  56 Rumford Ave, Rumford, ME 04276, USA
Hours  Open today · 9AM–5PMFriday9AM–5PMSaturday9AM–2PMSundayClosedMonday9AM–2PMTuesday9AM–8PMWednesday9AM–5PMThursday9AM–8PMSuggest an edit
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The Rumford Public Library is located at 56 Rumford Avenue in Rumford, Maine. The building it is located in was designed by noted Maine architect John Calvin Stevens, and was built with a funding grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1903. The architecturally distinguished building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

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Architecture

The original portion of the Rumford library is a 1-1/2 story red brick structure with a side-gable roof. Its Romanesque styling is most pronounced in its projecting entry pavilion, a gable-roofed section centered on the middle third of the main facade that has a large round arch, in which the entrance is recessed. A rectangular stone panel above the arch identifies the building, and there are a trio of sash windows above that, with a small round stone panel near the peak of the gable. A belt course of stone separates the main floor from the raised basement, which is also finished in brick. A modern addition was added to the original block in 1969.

The main entry of the library leads into a vestibule, and then a centrally-positioned circulation desk, with reading rooms to either side, and stacks in the modern addition to the rear. The reading areas are decorated with dark-stained window trim, vertical wainscoting, and a fireplace with a bracketed mantel in the north room.

History

The first library established in the Rumford area was a private circulating collection of 1,000 volumes established by A. Z. Cates. A campaign for a permanent public library was enhanced by a $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation in 1903, with the gift of shelving and books by local industrialist Hugh J. Chisholm. The library building was designed by the Portland architect John Calvin Stevens, who designed a number of public library buildings throughout the state.

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Rumford Public Library Wikipedia


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