Maine Preservation honors UMaine for Coburn Hall renovations

Coburn Hall on the University of Maine Campus.
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Coburn Hall on the University of Maine Campus.
Posted July 09, 2011, at 12:54 p.m.
Last modified July 09, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine has been honored by Maine Preservation for the renovation and restoration of Coburn Hall, a building of historical significance that had fallen into disrepair.

Maine Preservation, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to promote historic preservation, presented the award at the organization’s June 9 awards event in Lewiston, according to a UMaine press release.

The building, located on the western edge of campus, overlooks the Stillwater River. It was designed by Frank E. Kidder, a graduate of the university, and constructed in the late 1880s. Coburn Hall was dedicated on June 26, 1888, and named for former Maine Gov. Abner Coburn of Skowhegan, who served as president of the University of Maine Board of Trustees from 1867-1879. It was originally home of the Department of Natural History and the Department of Agriculture.

In the fall of 2006, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center was moved to the York Complex because of the building’s condition, Joe Carr, UMaine spokesman, said in the press release. Nickerson & O’Day, along with WBRC Architects and Engineers, collaborated with UMaine to restore the brick facade, damaged windows, slate roof and other important exterior features.

Work on the building’s interior is expected to be completed this year, Carr said. How the building will be has not been decided.

Other buildings honored by Maine Preservation last month were: Baxter Library in

Portland; the Brown Library and Longfellow Garden at the Maine Historical Society in Portland; Gilman Place-Gilman Street School in Waterville; Littlefield School in West Bath and the Mill at Saco Falls-Laconia Mill in Biddeford.

According to Maine Preservation, 24 privately developed projects have invested $135 million since 2008 using Maine Historic Preservation Tax Credits have helped boost the economy and the real estate industry throughout the state.

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