Webster Rubber Company Plant

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Webster Rubber Company Plant
Webster Rubber Company Plant is located in Maine
Webster Rubber Company Plant
Webster Rubber Company Plant is located in the US
Webster Rubber Company Plant
Location Greene St., Sabattus, Maine
Coordinates 44°7′12″N 70°6′35″W / 44.12000°N 70.10972°W / 44.12000; -70.10972Coordinates: 44°7′12″N 70°6′35″W / 44.12000°N 70.10972°W / 44.12000; -70.10972
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1869 (1869)
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 89001701[1]
Added to NRHP October 16, 1989

The Webster Rubber Company Plant, formerly the Webster Woolen Mill No. 1-1/2, is an historic industrial site on Greene Street in Sabattus, Maine. Built in 1869 as a textile mill, it was a fixture of the town's economy well into the 20th century, and is good local example of industrial Italianate architecture. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1] In 2015, the property was vacant.

Description and history[edit]

The former Webster Rubber Company plant is located on the west side of the village center of the town, between the western bank of the Sabattus River and Greene Street, the main road leading northwest from the village toward Greene. The complex includes several connected buildings, dominated by a large three-story brick building with a four-story tower projecting from its center. The building has vernacular Italianate style, with a flat-roof tower, and windows set in segmented-arch openings. The broad gabled roof has a corbelled brick cornice. Additions, principally brick in construction, have been added to this. The complex also includes three smaller wood frame structures.[2]

The town of Sabbatus was settled in 1774 and incorporated as Webster in 1788. Its main village, called Sebattis [sic], grew as an industrial village at the mouth of Sabattus Lake. In the 1970s the town was reincorporated as Sabattus. The present mill was built in 1869, and was the town's second textile mill, known as "Webster Mill No. 1-1/2". In 1922 this complex was acquired by the Pine Tree State Rubber Heal Company, and converted to the production of rubber components of shoes.[2] The mill remained in production until the early 1990s, and has stood vacant since then. In 2011, the town acquired the property through a tax lien.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Webster Rubber Company Plant" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-19.