Hubbard Free Library, 115 Second Street, Hallowell, Kennebec County, ME
Significance: The Library is a notable example of the Victorian Gothic idiom of the 1870s, more especially since an ecclesiastical form is used for a civic structure. The original (1878-79) building in its exterior form resembled a chapel; the two successive additions (1893-94; 1897-98) continued the analogy by presenting a structure that appears to be a small church with transept and extended chapel (or Lady Chapel). Its fine masonry exterior is complemented by an interior that presents exposed trusswork, contemporary stained glass, and stencil decoration.
Survey number: HABS ME-158
Building/structure dates: 1878- 1879 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1893- 1894 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: after. 1900- before. 1920 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1897-1898 Subsequent Work