Date listed: 1/17/2017
Criterion A: Commerce, Industry, Entertainment/Recreation, Transportation Criterion C: Architecture Local Significance
The Water Street Historic District located in the City of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine, is significant under National Register Criterion A in the areas of Commerce, Industry, Transportation and Entertainment and Recreation. As the most intact remaining section of the historical dense commercial downtown in Augusta, the district illustrates a common pattern of retail and commercial uses in first floor spaces with office, fraternal, hotel, or residential spaces above, and was a hub for the city’s entertainment and recreational facilities. The Water Street Historic District is also significant under National Register Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The fifty-one contributing resources comprise a visually cohesive grouping of commercial, governmental, and institutional buildings built between 1835 and 1957, which generally retain a high degree of historic integrity. Architect designed buildings demonstrate the influence of Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Beaux Arts, and Colonial Revival styles, with examples of the Art Deco and Moderne styles as well. The period of significance for the architecture, 1835 –1957, represents span between the earliest built date for a contributing resource within the district and the most recent built date occurring fifty years before the present.