George M. Coombs

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Kora Temple in Lewiston, designed by Coombs and built between 1908-1910

George M. Coombs (November 27, 1851 – March 27, 1909) was a noted Maine architect who designed numerous buildings in the state, many of which survive and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. His firm evolved from Stevens & Coombs (with Lewiston architect William H. Stevens), to Coombs & Gibbs (with Eugene J. Gibbs), finally into Coombs, Gibbs & Wilkinson (with Harry C. Wilkinson). In 1901, the office was joined by his son, Harry S. Coombs.

Life[edit]

Born in Brunswick, he was the son of Hannah (Morse) Coombs and John Coombs, a shipbuilder. At the age of 17, George M. Coombs moved up the Androscoggin River to Lewiston, then a booming mill town, and worked two years as a carpenter to help learn his trade. In 1870, he went into business as an independent architect. He married Clara Coffin and they had two sons.[1]

Coombs became successful designing residences and institutional buildings throughout Lewiston, its twin city Auburn, and across the state, working in the prevailing Second Empire, Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne styles.[1] The company is now Harriman Associates.[2]

Designs[edit]

Lewiston Public Library, designed by Coombs & Gibbs

NRHP-listed places designed by George Coombs include:[2]

NRHP-listed places designed by Coombs & Gibbs or Coombs, Gibbs & Wilkinson include:[2]

NRHP-listed places designed by Stevens & Coombs include:[2]

NRHP-listed places designed by other Coombs include:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Maine Historical Society (1919). Maine: A History, Volume 4. New York, New York. p. 205. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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