Keywords: brick building
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1907 Location: Portland Client: James P. Baxter Architect: Frederick A. Tompson
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1912–1913 Location: Portland; Portland Client: George C. Frye Architect: Frederick A. Tompson
Take a tour and see some of the beautiful old buildings that used to be on Madison Avenue, Skowhegan? A few still remain, but most have been torn down.
Chassidic Jews who came to Portland from Eastern Europe formed a congregation in the late 19th century and, in 1917, built a synagogue -- Anshe Sfard -- on Cumberland Avenue in Portland. By the early 1960s, the congregation was largely gone. The building was demolished in 1983.
In 1842, the new Bloomfield Academy was constructed in Skowhegan. The new brick building replaced the very first Bloomfield Academy, a small wooden building that had been built in 1814 and served as the high school until 1871. After that, it housed elementary school classes until 1980.