Maine State Building

37 Preservation Way, Poland, Maine


1893 Maine State Building; Poland Spring Resort, Poland Maine

Photo taken by Brian Bartlett

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Poland Spring Resort took an unprecedented step in 1894 when it purchased the Maine State Building from the state. The building, constructed of granite, hardwoods, and slate from Maine, was originally constructed as the state entry for the Columbian Exposition or Chicago Worlds Fair of 1893. Designed by Lewiston native Charles Sumner Frost, the building was purchased by the Rickers, disassembled, transported to Poland Spring, reassembled and dedicated for use as a library and art gallery for the resort guests. It remains as one of only a handful of buildings left from the almost 200 that comprised the grand and historic fair.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Museum; Library
Period of significance
Significant years
1893; 1895


19th Century (37,742)
Androscoggin County, Maine (129)
Building (4,370)
Built 1893 (605)
Built during 1890s (7,628)
Charles Sumner Frost (12)
Granite (5,090)
Maine (1,864)
Moved (2,194)
Poland, Maine (4)
Private owner (54,398)
Queen Anne (5,130)
Slate (5,715)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • April 11, 2014: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Added description, corrected address
  • November 13, 2013: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett