Historic Photo - Architect Stephen Ritterbush

Jul 23, 2020
Courtesy of: the Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library

Stephen Ritterbush (1863-1927) was the architect and builder of much of Camden. He arrived in town in 1889, just in time for the Great Fire of 1892 and the re-building of Camden. Here he is at his house at 71 Mechanic St. Apparently he was one of the first automobile owners in Camden (the license plate says "MAINE 1918"). Ritterbush was the architect and/or builder for many notable buildings in Camden, including the Masonic Block, the Carleton-Pascal Block, the Fletcher Block, the Comique Theater (1913), the Camden YMCA (1916), the Brewster Mill (1912) , the Mt. Battie Woolen Mill, the Mortuary Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery (1923), and many of the fine large "cottages" built in Camden.


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