Bangor Historic Districts


Broadway Historic District -

Includes Garland, Essex, State, Park and Center Streets

This historic district is protected under local ordinances and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A favorable neighborhood to the lumber barons in the early to late 19th century, this district features Greek Revival, Italianate, Colonial Revival and Second Empire architectural details covering 500 acres and 19 buildings.

The Broadway Historic District is modeled after Boston's Beacon Hill, featuring a green space where the first residences were built, with double rows of elm trees lining the street for the first couple of blocks of the roadway. Broadway Park is the center of the district and is a great place to stop and have a picnic with the family.

The Fire of 1911 destroyed part of the Broadway Historic District, which was mostly rebuilt but as more elite neighborhoods were created, Broadway lost popularity as a residential spot.

John Bapst High School was founded in September of 1928 and operated as a gender-specific educational environment for over forty years. This private, Catholic school is a college preparatory high school and was named after John Bapst, a missionary and educator who built the first local Catholic Church in 1856. For the construction of the school many of the historic mansions from the lumber baron era had to be torn down.

(Wikipedia - Broadway Historic District) (Wikipedia - John Bapst Memorial High School)

Bangor Theological Seminary -

Includes Union to Hammond Streets and Pond Street to Cedar Street

This historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and covers 75 acres and 6 buildings, featuring Federal and Late Victorian architectural styles.

Bangor Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary in the Congregational tradition of the United Church of Christ and was founded in the early 1800's by a group of Congregational ministers. Currently it is one of seven United Church of Christ seminaries in the US and is the only accredited graduate school or religion in Northern New England.

This historic district and buildings still stand today but the seminary has moved to the Husson University campus, located off of Broadway in Bangor.

(Wikipedia - Bangor Theological Seminary) (Bangor Theological Seminary, 2010)

Great Fire of 1911 -

Includes Harlow, Center, Park, State, York and Central Streets

This historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and covers 240 acres and 40 buildings in the Downtown area of Bangor. This district features a Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements and Renaissance style of architecture.

This district was completely destroyed by the Great Fire of 1911, "burning 55 acres, destroying 267 buildings, damaging 100 more and causing $3,188,081.90 in losses and damage" (Robbins). The fire began in a hay shed on Broad Street with the light from the flames visible from one hundred miles away. Fire crews came from all over the state of Maine and as far away as Boston to help fight the blaze. This disaster was Maine's and one of the nation's last and largest, primarily urban fires.

The city banded together and the Downtown area began rebuilding immediately with the stipulation that there would be no permanent wooden structures within the burned business district. Every one of the buildings was to be built with brick.

Buildings within the district include: Bangor Public Library, Bangor High School (has relocated), Morse Building, First National Bank, Exchange Building, Bangor Savings Bank Building, Eastern Trust Building, Graham Building, Sterns Block and Bangor Post Office.

(Wikipedia - Great Fire of 1911 Historic District)

Mount Hope Cemetery -

Includes US Route 2, Mount Hope Cemetery

This district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and covers 3,000 acres, two buildings, two structures and six objects. This cemetery is the second oldest garden cemetery in the United States and was modeled after Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Boston. This district features Greek Revival and Late Victorian style architecture.

The cemetery is home to some of the oldest and finest war memorials in the nation, as well as the resting ground to "a U.S. Vice President, two U.S. Senators, eleven U.S. Congressmen, two U.S. Ambassadors, five Governors of Maine, eight Civil War Generals and numerous "lumber barons" and other local businessmen and politicans (Wikipedia - Mount Hope Cemetery). Scenes from Stephen King's Pet Sematary were also filmed on location in the cemetery.

The cemetery is open to the public (no dogs are allowed) and guided tours are available from the Bangor Museum and Center for History during the summer season.

(Wikipedia - Mount Hope Cemetery)

For more information and maps, please visit: www.mthopebgr.com.

West Market Square -

Includes West Market Square, Main, and Broad Streets

This district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and covers twelve acres and seven buildings in the Downtown Bangor area. West Market Square features buildings with architectural styles from the Greek Revival and Late Victorian eras.

Whitney Park -

Includes 8th, Union, Pond and Hayford Streets

This district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and covers 180 acres and forty-three buildings. This district features Greek Revival and Late Victorian architecture.

Sources

Bangor Theological Seminary. (2010, 01 01). Bangor Theological Seminary - Brief History. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Bangor Theological Seminary: www.bts.edu

National Register of Historic Places. (n.d.). Maine - Penobscot County. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from National Register of Historic Places: www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com

Robbins, R. (n.d.). Bangor In Focus: The Great Fire of 1911. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Bangor Info: www.bangorinfo.com

Wikipedia - Bangor Theological Seminary. (n.d.). Bangor Theological Seminary. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Wikipedia -Bangor Theological Seminary: www.en.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia - Broadway Historic District. (n.d.). Broadway Historic District. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Wikipedia - Broadway Historic District: www.en.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia - Great Fire of 1911 Historic District. (n.d.). Great Fire of 1911 Historic District. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia - John Bapst Memorial High School. (n.d.). John Bapst Memorial High School . Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.org

Wikipedia - Mount Hope Cemetery. (n.d.). Mount Hope Cemetery, Bangor. Retrieved 10 14, 2011, from Wikipedia: www.en.wikipedia.com