Patten Free Library construction, Bath, ca. 1889

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Patten Free Library construction, Bath, ca. 1889

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This sepia-toned photograph by the Higgins photographic studio shows the eastern facade of Patten Free Library as it was being constructed in 1889 and 1890.

Three unidentified workmen, observed by another on the ground, sit on the main roof ridge of the slate-topped structure designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by George Edward Harding, a Bath native with an architectural practice in New York City. Harding (1842-1907) was raised in a home across the street from the site of the library.

Although Harding designed a few other structures in town, he was most known for this one -- grand in scale and unusual in design for this city.

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  • Title: Patten Free Library construction, Bath, ca. 1889
  • Creator: J.C. Higgins & Son, Photographers
  • Creation Date: circa 1889
  • Subject Date: circa 1889
  • Locations:
    • Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 11 cm x 17.7 cm
  • Local Code: PFL 97.7.1
  • Collection: Abbie Sewall
  • Object Type: Image

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Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-5141

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