In 1924, with Portland was on the verge of profound changes, the Tax Assessors Office undertook a project to document every building in the city -- with photographs and detailed information that provide a unique view into Portland's architecture, neighborhoods, industries, and businesses.
French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.
Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."
The Biddeford Daily Journal reported that one resident of the tenement building, Richard Moody, had successfully evacuated the first and second…
… Smoke and Soot Burning of the Hooper Street Tenements, Biddeford, 1963 Item 99399 infoMcArthur Public Library The Diamond National fire…
… included eighteen buildings, of which many were tenement housing. Perpendicular to Hooper is Elm Street, which was in constant danger from the…