Proposed State Capitol Building, Portland, 1889


Architecture commission for an unknown client at an unknown address in Western Promenade, Portland, ME, 1889. The commission is associated with John Calvin Stevens and Albert Winslow Cobb Architects. This item is part of the Stevens Architects drawings and records collection.

When Maine separated from Massachusetts and became a state on March 15, 1820, a number of cities and towns sought the honor of becoming the state Capitol and site of the new State House. Principal aspirants for the Capitol were Portland, Brunswick, Hallowell, Waterville, Belfast, Wiscasset and Augusta. Portland was originally named the Capitol, with the general understanding that the site was not permanent. The Portland State House, built in 1820, stood at Congress and Myrtle Streets, where Portland City Hall is located today. The modest two-story federal style building was used by state government until 1832. The Portland State House was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1866.

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