Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument
December 2010 photo
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument is located in Maine
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument is located in the US
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument
Location Corner of State Street and Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Coordinates 43°39′11″N 70°16′2″W / 43.65306°N 70.26722°W / 43.65306; -70.26722Coordinates: 43°39′11″N 70°16′2″W / 43.65306°N 70.26722°W / 43.65306; -70.26722
Area less than one acre
Built 1888 (1888)
Architect Francis H. Fassett, Franklin Simmons
NRHP reference # 90000580[1]
Added to NRHP April 5, 1990

The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument is a public monument in Portland, Maine's West End. Located on the corner of State and Congress Street, it honors poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who was born in Portland in 1807. The intersection built around the monument is known as Longfellow Square.


The Henry Wadsworth Longellow Monument occupies a triangular plaza formed at the southeast corner of Congress and State Streets in central Portland. The southeast side of the plaza is occupied by One Longfellow Plaza, a large office building. The monument consists of a bronze statue of Longfellow, as seen late in his life, in a seated position, which is mounted on a granite pedestal. The pedestal is about 10 feet (3.0 m) in height, and has carved tablets on two sides, decorated with swags and garlands that frame the name "LONGFELLOW". Above these is a frieze band of anthemion and vines, with a cornice above that. The bronze statue is about 7 feet (2.1 m) in height, with Longfellow seated in a chair whose arms end in lion's heads, and a stack of books underneath. Longfellow wears an overcoat, and a cape is draped over his lap and one shoulder. One hand holds a manuscript, while the other is propped on the chair back, while Longfellow gazes at passersby.[2]


Franklin Simmons began the design and construction of the monument in 1885, three years after the poet's death, with a pedestal designed by Francis H. Fassett. The monument was unveiled on September 29, 1888.[3] The monument is considered to be one of Simmons' major commissions.[2] The monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 1990.


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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-01-16. 
  3. ^ Shettleworth, Jr., Earle G. "Creating and Preserving Portland's Urban Landscape, 1885–1925", Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England. Joseph Conforti, editor. University Press of New England, 2007: 251. ISBN 9781584654490

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