9. The Golden Age of Hallowell Granite

February 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm  •  Posted in Museum in the Streets by

Sign Number: 9 Old Hallowell Granite office
Location: Union St. in front of old Hallowell Granite office (Brahms/Mount) Union St.
Method of Display: affixed to granite post
Permits/permissions required, date obtained: Brahms/Mount
Sign9-1Hallowell’s high quality white granite was prized at an early date as material for public monuments and statuary and orders were filled for cities throughout the United States. The statue “Faith” atop the National Monument to the Forefathers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, was sculpted at Hallowell. Many of the public buildings in New York City, including the Hall of Records and the Metropolitan Art Museum, were built using Hallowell Granite. The Marshall Field Building and the Post Office in Chicago, Ill. were large contracts, but the largest single contract was with the State of New York for the State Capitol at Albany, from 1867-1898, which totaled 25 million dollars.

Sign9L’âge d’or du Granit de Hallowell
Le granit blanc de haute qualité de Hallowell fut vite prisé pour la construction de monuments publics et de statues. On remplissait des commandes pour tous les Etats-Unis. La statue Faith au sommet du Monument National qui célèbre les premiers arrivants à Plymouth, Massachussetts, fut sculptée à Hallowell. Beaucoup de bâtiments publics à New York, comme le Hall of Records et le Musée d’Art Métropolitain furent bâtis avec le granit de Hallowell. Le bâtiment de Marshall Field et la Poste à Chicago, Illinois, représentaient des contrats importants, mais le plus gros fut signé avec l’état de New York pour le Capitole à Albany, de 1867 à 1898, pour 25 millions de dollars.

Photograph(s)/illustration(s):
S9-01SC – “The granite yard.”
Tailleurs de granit
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection – Photographer unknown

S9-02 – “Loading carvings for shipment.”
Chargement de statues à expédier.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection – Photographer unknown

S9-03 “Office of Hallowell Granite Works”
Bureaux de Hallowell Granite Works.
Credit – Hubbard Free Library Collection – Photographer unknown

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 Vallee Real Estate.

Sign Sponsor – Brahms/Mount Textiles

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