Adams-Pickering Block

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Adams-Pickering Block
Adams-Pickering Block is located in Maine
Adams-Pickering Block
Location Corner of Main and Middle Sts., Bangor, Maine
Coordinates 44°48′0″N 68°46′23″W / 44.80000°N 68.77306°W / 44.80000; -68.77306Coordinates: 44°48′0″N 68°46′23″W / 44.80000°N 68.77306°W / 44.80000; -68.77306
Built 1871
Architect Orff,George W.
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74000184[1]
Added to NRHP May 2, 1974

The Adams-Pickering Block (1873) is a Second Empire-style commercial block on Main St. in Bangor, Maine. Designed by architect George W. Orff, it is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, based on architectural significance. It is unusual in having an entirely granite facade with cast-iron trim. Its mansard roof is faced with Maine slate.

The block was constructed on the site of "The Main Street Fire" of 1872, which killed one and injured 8.[2]

George W. Pickering (1799-1876) was a prominent local merchant and President of the Kenduskeag Bank (incorporated 1847). His maternal grandfather Jacob Dennett was one of the original settlers of Bangor, part of a group which arrived in 1771. Pickering was also the 12th Mayor of Bangor (1853–54), and Vice President of the Bangor Theological Seminary. Pickering Square in Downtown Bangor is named for him. According to historian James Vickery he "was called the best businessman in Bangor by his contemporaries"[3]

The building was one of the largest local commissions for Bangor architect Orff, who subsequently migrated to Minnesota.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ The Bangor FireNew York Times, Oct. 13, 1872. Retrieved June 15, 2008
  3. ^ James Vickery, ed., The Journals of John Edwards Godfrey, fnt. p. 279