Lyceum Hall

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Lyceum Hall
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Lyceum Hall
Lyceum Hall is located in Maine
Lyceum Hall
Lyceum Hall is located in the United States
Lyceum Hall
LocationLewiston, Maine
Coordinates44°5′51″N 70°13′6″W / 44.09750°N 70.21833°W / 44.09750; -70.21833Coordinates: 44°5′51″N 70°13′6″W / 44.09750°N 70.21833°W / 44.09750; -70.21833
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectCharles F. Douglas
Architectural styleSecond Empire, Other
MPSLewiston Commercial District MRA
NRHP reference #86002285 [1]
Added to NRHPApril 25, 1986

Lyceum Hall is a historic commercial building at 49 Lisbon Street in downtown Lewiston, Maine. Built in 1872, the Second Empire hall is one of the city's few surviving designs of Charles F. Douglas, a leading Maine architect of the period, and for a number of years housed the city's only performance venue. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Lyceum Hall is located on the west side of Lisbon Street, the principal commercial street in downtown Lewiston. It is nominally a 3-1/2 story masonry structure, with a mansard roof providing space for a full fourth floor. The building facade is symmetrical, with a central one-bay section flanked by identical two-bay sections. The central section has the recessed building entrance on the first floor, and narrow round-arch windows on the second and third floors, set in a recessed brick panel. The remaining ground-floor bays all have commercial glass storefront windows, articulated by stone or brick piers. The outer bays on the second floor have segmented-arch windows, while those on the third floor are round-arched. The fourth floor dormers have segmented-arch windows. The main cornice (below the steep mansard roof section) is bracketed and dentillated, and a secondary cornice at the transition between the roof sections is dentillated.[2]

The hall was built in 1872 to a design by Charles F. Douglas, a prominent local architect. Douglas designed a number of Lewiston's downtown buildings during a flurry of construction after the American Civil War, but this is the only one to survive relatively intact. It originally housed a 1000-seat theater on the third floor, which was the city's only public performance venue until the construction of the city's Music Hall. The building underwent a full restoration in the 1980s.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Lyceum Hall". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-10-27.