Remembering the Rialto

Remembering the Rialto

Posted in Uncategorized by  •  February 3, 2017

Rialto Theater in 1937 shortly before opening night. The photo in the inset is of the first manager, Norman J Beauparlant. Kennebec Journal Photo. There was a time when enjoying the film industry’s Hollywood’s finest offerings didn’t require a trip across town to a multiplex or a subscription to a high-priced...

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Next Committee Meeting Thursday, August 17th 2017 at 4:00PM in the Hubbard Free Library.  

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Committee Mission

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The Historic Hallowell Committee's charge is to guide the creation of policy and practices regarding the collection, preservation and display of the City's historic artifacts and related properties, to prioritize and coordinate the many historical projects now underway and to promote historic preservation efforts. ...

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Hallowell has an amazing collection of historic artifacts, documents, and photographs. This Historic Hallowell Committee is compiling a listing of collections and how they can be accessed for research or personal interest. Foremost, and the most readily accessible, is the collection housed at the Hubbard Free...

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Hubbard Free Library, Row House, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, Citizen's Initiative to Restore the Fire Hose Tower, Hallowell Fire Department.

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Museum In The Streets, Old Hallowell Day Pop-up Museum . . .

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Hallowell Glass Plate Photographs

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As part of Hallowell's Museum In The Street Project, the Historic Hallowell Committee purchased twenty-seven photographs printed from  glass plate negatives that are part of the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collection housed at the Penobscot Marine Museum. Founded in Belfast, Maine, in 1909, the...

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At the Town Meeting of April 5, 1819, Hallowell voters approved a warrant “to see if the Town will give directions for building a Magazine for the safe keeping of powder”.  By June of 1820 the Powder House building  was erected here on Couch’s Ledge, land owned by Ebenezer T. Warren, and once owned by John...

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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 Row House, built in approximately 1840 by Isaac Gage, is the sole remaining example in Maine of a wooden row house, a...

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17. Wilson Hall

Posted in Museum in the Streets by  •  February 19, 2014

Location: Liberal Cup Building Perley Lane Method of Display: Affixed to buildingWilson Hall (this building) was built by Charles Wilson in 1872 at a cost of $10,000 “in answer to popular demand for a place of public amusement”. The first floor was occupied by a meat and provisions market; the second floor housed...

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Black and white photo of the Rialto Theater in 1937 shortly before opening night. The photo in the inset is of the first manager, Norman J Beauparlant. Kennebec Journal Photo.

Rialto Theater in 1937 shortly before opening night. The photo in the inset is of the first manager, Norman J Beauparlant. Kennebec Journal Photo.

There was a time when enjoying the film industry’s Hollywood’s finest offerings didn’t require a trip across town to a multiplex or a subscription to a high-priced cable service. All it took was a walk downtown and as little as ten cents. Movies theaters could be found in even the smallest cities like Hallowell where the Rialto was the gateway to adventure.

Memories of hometown film venues are fading fast. A committee charged with documenting and preserving those memories in Hallowell is invited those who attended movies at the Second Street theater to share their reflections at a Remembering the Rialto Roundtable Saturday, March 11 at 2PM in the Hubbard Library. A video recording of the panel discussion is being edited and will be available for viewing in the fall.

The project grew from an inquiry by the current owner of the building who wondered about the theater and what it looked like. The only known photograph of the theater appeared in a Kennebec Journal article announcing the opening.

A sepia -colored photograph of The Universalist Church, Second and Central Street from about 1900. Emma Clark Weeks collection.

The Universalist Church, Second and Central Street from about 1900. Emma Clark Weeks collection.

The building was constructed in 1843 to be the home to the Universalist congregation worshipping in the city. It served as a church until the local congregation merged with Augusta Unitarian Church.

 

 

 

The steeple being removed in 1934, before being remodeled as the Rialto Theater. Photo from the Emma Clark Weeks collection.

The building was remodeled as the Kennebec Journal article described prior to the opening. “The interior of the auditorium is modernistically decorated with light fixtures of a modern design placed on circular plaques.” Local artist Chris Cart will use these descriptions and those from roundtable participants to guide his creation of illustrations depicting the interior of lobby and theater itself.

The Historic Hallowell Committee was created by then Mayor Charlotte Warren to guide the creation of policy and practices regarding the collection, preservation and display of the City’s historic artifacts and related properties; to prioritize and coordinate historical projects and to promote historic preservation efforts.

“There was concern that some of the City’s historically important items were at risk,” according to Sam Webber, City Historian. “A number of paintings including some of buildings along Water Street by local artist Sylvia Hudson of buildings have come up missing. Also, signs about the Benedict Arnold Expedition that used to be at the turnout by the river were lost as well.” The Historic Hallowell Committee hopes that someone has photographs of these items they could share.

The Committee is meeting the third Thursday of the month in the Hubbard Library at 4:00PM. Anyone interested in Hallowell History is invited to attended. For more information about the committee can contact Bob McIntire 207-629-9180.

Next Committee Meeting Thursday, August 17th 2017 at 4:00PM in the Hubbard Free Library.

 

The Historic Hallowell Committee’s charge is to guide the creation of policy and practices regarding the collection, preservation and display of the City’s historic artifacts and related properties, to prioritize and coordinate the many historical projects now underway and to promote historic preservation efforts.  The role is not be to supplant the efforts of existing organizations, but to aid the work of those organizations in any way possible.

Hallowell has an amazing collection of historic artifacts, documents, and photographs. This Historic Hallowell Committee is compiling a listing of collections and how they can be accessed for research or personal interest.

Foremost, and the most readily accessible, is the collection housed at the Hubbard Free Library. Many items like paintings and historic artifacts are on display during regular library hours posted on the Library’s web page. The Library has an extensive collection of photographs from Old Hallowell, many of which are available online through the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network project  Type “Hallowell photographs” in the Search box and you can peruse the more than 250 items that have been uploaded to the Network. You can take a closer look at any photograph by clicking on the “zoom” function in the caption beneath the picture.

Many of the photographs in the Hubbard Library Collection were used in the Hallowell Maine Community Heritage Project website developed in partnership with HallDale Middle School students.

The Hallowell Fire Department has an extensive collection of memorabilia which was cataloged as part of the Hallowell Maine Community Heritage Project.  Work is being done to prepare an online exhibit of selected items from the collection.

The City of Hallowell has municipal records available for research purposes. Contact the City Clerk for more information.

Hubbard Free Library, Row House, Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, Citizen’s Initiative to Restore the Fire Hose Tower, Hallowell Fire Department.

Museum In The Streets, Old Hallowell Day Pop-up Museum . . .

As part of Hallowell’s Museum In The Street Project, the Historic Hallowell Committee purchased twenty-seven photographs printed from  glass plate negatives that are part of the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collection housed at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

Founded in Belfast, Maine, in 1909, the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. published “real photo postcards” with images taken by its own photographers throughout New England. The negatives, mostly on old-style glass plates, represent a fragile and irreplaceable record of the region’s physical and cultural history up to the early 1950s. The Eastern collection is one of the largest and most significant coherent collections of historic photography from this region and era and is a valuable resource for educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in New England history. Currently the collection contains more than 40,000 negatives.

The 8×10 inch photographs were added to the Hubbard Library collection. You can learn more about the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company by clicking this link.

1.Tucks Corner, now Vallee Real Estate.

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2. Old Hallowell from Chelsea Heights.

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3. Tucks Corner southwest, the old Key Bank Building now Hattie’s Chowder House.

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4.  North Hallowell from Chelsea.

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5. The Maine Central Railroad Station with the Johnson Shoe Factory building barely visible on the right.

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6.Hallowell Granite Company quarry filled with water.

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7.Granite Hill out Central Street in Hallowell.

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8.Central Hallowell from Chelsea.

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9. Log boom and North Hallowell beyond.

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10. North Hallowell from Chelsea.

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11.Bodwell Mansion.

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12. Johnson ShoE Factory on Central Street across from the Hubbard Free Library.

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13. Looking northeast from Union Street along Water Street.

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14.Corner of Union Street looking north on the west side of Water Street.

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15.Central School on Middle Street.

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16.Hubbard Free Library on Second Street.

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17.Second Street northeast side.

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18. Hallowell House

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19.Hallowell Granite quarry.

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20. Hallowell Granite Quarry

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21. Vaughan Brook Auto Bridge.

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22. Stephens School

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23. Hallowell City Hall

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24. Cobble stone shed Hallowell Granite Company

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sign-20At the Town Meeting of April 5, 1819, Hallowell voters approved a warrant “to see if the Town will give directions for building a Magazine for the safe keeping of powder”.  By June of 1820 the Powder House building  was erected here on Couch’s Ledge, land owned by Ebenezer T. Warren, and once owned by John Couch, a Revolutionary War veteran.  On June 19, 1820, Warren conveyed the land and building to the “Inhabitants of Hallowell” for $30.  On December 29, 1947, the City of Hallowell gifted the Powder House to the Mary Kelton Dummer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and on April 11, 2002, it was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

Sign20-locationLe 5 avril 1819, le Conseil Municipal de Hallowell vote une délibération exhortant la ville à construire une réserve pour y stocker de la poudre à canon.  La poudrière est construite en juin 1820 ici, sur Couch’s Ledge, sur un terrain appartenant à Ebenezer T. Warren ; autrefois propriété de John Couch, vétéran de la Guerre d’Indépendance. Le 19 juin 1820, Warren cède le terrain et bâtiment aux  « habitants de Hallowell » pour la somme de 30 dollars. Le 29 décembre 1947, la ville de Hallowell fait don de la poudrière au chapitre Mary Kelton Dummer des Filles de la Révolution Américaine et, le 11 avril 2002, le bâtiment est inscrit au Registre National des Bâtiments Historiques.

This cannon, also known as the “Beeman Cannon”, was originally part of the armament of the British Navy brig HMS Boxer which was captured by the USS Enterprise in a sea battle off Portland during the War of 1812.  About 1837 a group of local businessmen, led by John Beeman, purchased the cannon in Portland and brought it to Hallowell.  It was placed on a gun carriage and converted to a field  piece.  Today it serves as a memorial to the Hallowell Light Infantry and Hallowell Artillery Company.  Both units were organized as part of the 8th Division of the Massachusetts Militia and served during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812.  For many years the gun was fired during community celebrations.

Ce canon, également connu sous le nom de « Beaman Cannon » fait à l’origine partie de l’armement du brick HMS Boxer de la Marine Britannique qui est capturé en combat naval par le USS Entreprise non loin de Portland pendant la guerre de 1812. Un groupe d’hommes d’affaires locaux, sous la houlette de John Beeman, achète le canon à Portland et le transporte à Hallowell vers 1837. On l’installe sur un porte-canon pour en faire une pièce d’artillerie. Aujourd’hui Il commémore l’Infanterie Légère ainsi que le Bataillon d’Artillerie de Hallowell. Ces deux unités font partie de la 8ème division de la Milice du Massachusetts qui participe à la Guerre d’Indépendance et celle de 1812. Pendant de nombreuses années, ce canon tire des salves à l’occasion de la fête nationale.

 

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

Location: Liberal Cup Building Perley Lane
Sign17Method of Display: Affixed to buildingWilson Hall (this building) was built by Charles Wilson in 1872 at a cost of $10,000 “in answer to popular demand for a place of public amusement”. The first floor was occupied by a meat and provisions market; the second floor housed a dining room, two drawings rooms, a clothes room and a ticket office for the third floor theater. The Acme Theater, which seated 1,200 people, still exists today on the top floor of the building. During its heyday it hosted theatricals, vaudeville productions, minstrel shows, school commencements, dances, concerts and movies. Prior to operating Wilson Hall, Charles Wilson was associated with William Wilson and Joseph Bodwell in the operation of the Hallowell Granite Company, which was established in 1865.

Wilson Hall

Wilson Hall fut construit par Charles Wilson en 1872 pour la somme de 10 000$  « afin de répondre à la population qui demandait un lieu public de divertissement.”  Le rez-de-chaussée était occupé par une boucherie et un marché; Le premier étage offrait une salle de restauration, deux salons, un vestiaire et une billetterie pour le théâtre situé au dessus. Le Théâtre Acme, de 1 200 places, existe encore à l’étage supérieur du bâtiment. Pendant son âge d’or, il accueillit des représentations théâtrales, du vaudeville, des musiciens, remises de diplômes, bals, concerts et films. Avant de gérer Wilson Hall, Charles Wilson avait été l’associé de William Wilson et Joseph Bodwell dans l’exploitation de la Hallowell Granite Company qui avait été établie en 1865.

Photograph(s)/illustration(s) – Captions
S17-01 12 x 9 “Acme Theater Poster”
Affiche du théâtre Acme.
Credit – Lund Collection

S17-02 – “Acme Theater Ticket”
Billet du théâtre Acme
Credit – A.Moore 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 Eric & Pamela Perry & the Perry Family.
Sign Sponsor – The Liberal Cup

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