Davenport Memorial City Hall, Bath, 1929

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The new Bath Davenport Memorial City Hall, apparently before its dedication on the evening of May 29, 1929. Although the interior window coverings are in place, the light fixtures on either side of the new entrance are not in place as they are in photographs on dedication day. The image shows the Classical-Revival design by Charles Loring, a Boston architect, who drew upon an earlier America for his design inspiration. The "Bath Independent," in its dedication-day article, labeled the city hall as "New England Colonial style," although the Bath building closely resembled William Strickland's 1832-34 Greek-Revival Merchants' Exchange in Philadelphia. The impressive front facade, on Front Street facing west to the head of Centre Street and the Sagadahoc Courthouse at the top of the ridge at Centre and High Streets, was said in some newspaper articles to have been constructed of Hallowell Granite, but is actually made of Indiana Limestone with a foundation of granite. The rest of the building consists of light-colored brick on a concrete foundation. The belfry with its gilded dome was built to house the Paul Revere Bell, originally purchased for the North Meeting House and later moved to the 1837 Town Hall on Centre Street.


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