Rudman Winchell Renovating Historic Graham Building in Bangor.
One of downtown Bangor’s historic buildings is undergoing significant exterior renovations. The Graham Building, located at the corner of Harlow and Central Streets, was the first building in Bangor completed following the fire of 1911. The building is owned by Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law and is also home to the Maine Attorney General’s office, the popular café Java Joes and local book store Book Marc’s.
Renovations include new doors and entry ways, new window lintels on many of the buildings 210 windows, modern street level panels as well as energy efficient plate glass store front windows, Rudman Winchell signage and more.
The work is being performed by Bob Kelly and crew from House Revivers Inc. of Bangor. Work is scheduled to be completed in mid November.
The Graham Building was the first to rise from the ashes of the devastating fire of 1911. Unquestionably the worst disaster to strike the Queen City, the Great Fire of April 1911 reshaped the city’s landscape, burning 55 acres, destroying 267 buildings, damaging 100 more and causing an estimated six million dollars in losses and damage. The event left 75 families homeless, most of whom had lived from Harlow Street to Center Street to lower French Street. It destroyed more than 100 businesses during a nine-hour span.
The Graham building was under construction and only partially damaged by the blaze, so construction crews were able to continue work. The building was originally home to the Bangor Railway and Electric Company, which later became Bangor Hydro. Webber Energy later called the building home. Rudman Winchell acquired the property in 1988.
The Graham Building is part of an area designated as historic due to the fire of 1911. These renovations have all been approved by the Bangor Historic Preservation Commission. Multiple images and old postcards of the Graham Building can be found on line or in books here at Rudman Winchell.
Rudman Winchell has been providing generations of counsel to Maine people, businesses and communities since 1917. With 33 attorneys specializing in various fields of practice, Rudman Winchell is one of Maine’s oldest and largest law firms.
For more information please contact:
Jeff Solari/Manager of Business Development