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The Rumford Falls Power Co. Building
Address
49 Congress Street
Rumford Falls, Me. 04276
Location
Congress Street and Exchange Street, southwest corner
Neighborhood
Commercial District
Built
1906
Style
Beaux Arts
Use
Originally headquarters of the Rumford Falls Power Company. Now state offices.
Landmark Status
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Web resources
RumfordFalls.org

The Rumford Falls Power Co. turned Rumford Falls, Me., into a booming milltown during the turn of the century, and this was its headquarters. Today, the boom has ended, but the building still stands, along with an impressive constellation of old buildings that harken back to the town's heyday. This building now houses the juvenile corrections department, and an office where Mainers can go to request government assistance with paying their heating bills. A rooftop parapet and false front with a large raised-letter sign and decorative urns has been removed, and a small addition has extended the building eastward into its parking lot. Otherwise, the building remains intact. For a wonderful history of the area and a tour of its rich architecture, visit the online tour of Rumford Falls, which has a postcard image of the way the building once looked.




The Rumford Falls Power Co. Building as seen from the northeast.


The east facade, facing Congress Street.


The north facade, facing Exchange Street.


The west and south facades face the rear parking lot.


For context: The falls.