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Herald Building named to National Register of Historic Places

By Susan Mustapich | Jan 13, 2021
Photo by: Susan Mustapich The long-time home of The Camden Herald at 10 Bay View St. is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camden — The former home of The Camden Herald, 10 Bay View St., was named to the National Register of Historic Places Christmas eve.

The Herald Building is now the official name of the property on the National Register.

Camden's Historic Resources Committee began an effort to create a mini-historic district on Bay View Street in 2015. While this historic district never came to be, the effort is connected to the recognition and preservation of this significant building.

In 2015, Historic Resources chairwoman Meg Barclay and members Elinor Klivans and Susan Snead began researching buildings with a vision of extending Camden's Great Fire District. Their vision included a row of buildings from 1 Main St., now home to Sea Dog Restaurant, to 10 Bay View. In time, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission discouraged the project, as it became clear it lacked needed support from owners of the buildings.

In 2017, then committee chairwoman Pat Skaling took up the mantle to seek a place on the National Register for individual buildings, including 10 Bay View. She received invaluable assistance from Ken Gross at the Camden Public Library's Walsh History Center, she said. In 2018, she shared her research with Michael Goebel-Bain, with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. In 2019, he confirmed the commission would support a single building. He would contact the builder owner, and prepare the application, as his time allowed.

The sale of 10 Bay View in 2019 to a new owner could have undone the project, but eventually led to its success.

Skaling persisted in approaching new owner Bay View Street Loft, LLC's Tyler Smith. In January 2020, Smith agreed to support the building's application to the National Register. This still left a large amount of work ahead, to be completed by Goebel-Bain. In August, Skaling heard his work was underway and he expected to meet the October deadline for submission to the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Goebel-Bain let Skaling know in November he expected to hear back sometime in January.

On Jan. 4, an email from Goebel-Bain confirmed that 10 Bay View St. in Camden was listed on Dec. 24, Christmas eve, to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Camden Herald office moved to the newly constructed 10 Bay View St., in February 1910. Jesse Ogier was editor at the time, and had been since 1889. The Herald Building served as the home to the newspaper from 1910 to 1924 and from 1927 to 1969.

"The facade of the building appears almost as it did when constructed in 1910," according to Goebel-Bain. "The integrity of setting, location, feeling and association are intact," he writes.

"Local architect Alva Greenlaw designed the building for the M.C. Whitmore Co., a local retailer and developer who built the building speculatively as rental space in the mixed commercial/light industrial area near the downtown and the harbor."

Mark C. Whitmore was a ship carpenter and operated a lumber and supply company dealing in coal, hay, lime, cement, hair and other products, according to research.

Goebel-Bain's application goes on to explain that the Herald Building is located between two districts on the National Register, Camden's Great Historic Fire District and  the Chestnut Street Historic District.

A Feb. 15, 1910 story in The Camden Herald  includes a photograph and a caption announcing "the fine new brick block on Bay View Street which the Herald is now occupying and from which our edition this week is issued."

The story proudly described how "no stronger foundation or better built building stands in town today. The Herald occupies the whole of the first floor and nearly half of the basement. The arrangement of the first floor is to suit the special needs of a printing office." The press room at the back of the building was "specially strengthened for the heavy machinery. ... The front windows are all plate glass and the hardware is solid bronze metal."

A March 4, 1910 story reported on a Saturday open house in the new building, where  "people were coming and going all afternoon." More than 125 visited, expressed "many compliments upon our fine office," and "pinks were given to the ladies and cigars to the gentlemen."

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Comments (2)
Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 13, 2021 19:24

Again, the Smith should be honored for another investment in our communities.



Posted by: Nan Smith | Jan 12, 2021 14:40

When my family (Woodruffs) moved to Camden in 1968 I used to look through the big windows and see Mr. Sullivan setting type for the linotype machine. He was Mary Sullivan's father - was his name Leo? I was editor of my high school newspaper in the 1950s and we set type the same way, using a keyboard which dropped letters into a row. We had to learn to read upside down and backwards to make sure the letters were ok!  From the web is this information, Linotype was perfect for the Camden Herald: "With the exception of headlines, the most sophisticated of the late Linotypes could meet the varied typesetting needs of a small town newspaper: capable of setting body copy, photo captions, sub-heads, and classified ad copy with one machine."  Becky Brace, Office Manager, First Congregational Church



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