Auburn delays tenement destruction for historical research

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 3:22 p.m.

AUBURN, Maine — Questions about the history of a tenement have delayed plans to demolish it for redevelopment.

The building is one of six the city of Auburn plans to demolish this fall. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports a coordinator from the Maine State Historical Commission toured the property and determined it could have historical significance. It may have served as housing for mill employees at the turn of the century.

Assessing records say the 3½-story brick and clapboard building with a gable roof was constructed in 1904. It’s listed as a four-family home, with four bathrooms and 13 bedrooms. No one has lived in the crumbling building since 2003.