7. Row House: A Tenement with Style

February 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm  •  Posted in Museum in the Streets by

Sign Number: 7
Location: Second St.
Method of Display: Attached to building North Side
Permits/permissions required, date obtained:
Town Properties LLC , 245 River Road, Topsham, ME 04086

Sign7Row House, built in approximately 1840 by Isaac Gage, is the sole remaining example in Maine of a wooden row house, a typical form of labor housing in the early 19th century. Immigrant stone cutters who worked on Hallowell granite lived here, as did employees of the nearby Cotton Mill and Johnson Shoe Company. The five tenements were restored by Row House, Inc., in 1969 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The method of construction, woodwork, nails and hardware serve as a laboratory for the study of early American architectural standards employed in this form of labor housing.

Un joli immeuble ouvrier
Le bâtiment de Row House, construit vers 1840 par Isaac Gage, est le seul exemple intact du Maine constitué de maisons de bois contigües, typique de certains logements ouvriers au début du 19ème siècle. Des tailleurs de pierre immigrés qui travaillaient le granit à Hallowell et des ouvriers de l’Usine de Coton et de Chaussures Johnson y habitaient. Les cinq logements de cet immeuble ont été restaurés par Row House Inc. en 1969 et mis sur le National Register of Historic Places en 1970. La méthode de construction, le travail du bois et les matériaux employés permettent l’étude des techniques originales d’architecture américaine pour ce type de logement ouvrier.

Photograph(s)/illustration(s) – Captions
S7-01 “Workers at Hallowell Granite were among the Row House tenants.”
Des ouvriers de Hallowell Granite louaient des logements à Row House.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection

S7-02 “The brick oven in a Row House basement kitchen.”
Le four en briques dans une cuisine au sous-sol de Row House.
Credit – Nancy McGinnis
S7-03 – “Stitchers at Johnson Shoe”
Couseuses pour les chaussures Johnson.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection

Sponsor Copy
The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Auto Group.
The project was underwritten by Century 21 Alliance Reality.
Sign Sponsor – Pine State Trading Company

A Museum Tour Guide is available at the Hallowell City Hall, Hubbard Free Library and at many city merchants. The Guide and links to more information about Hallowell are available online at www. hallowell.org

File: 7-Row House