Waterville Main Street Historic District

Roughly Main & Common Sts., Waterville, Maine


1890 Soper Building; Main St., Waterville Maine

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Criterion A: Commerce, Entertainment and Recreation Criterion C: Architecture, Community Planning and Development Local significance Listed on December 19, 2012 The Waterville Main Street Historic District consists of twenty-five buildings, one structure, two objects and two public parks in downtown Waterville, Maine. The District is centered on Main Street and also includes buildings on either side of Common Street, which extends east from Main Street, near the middle of the district. This commercial district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its representative significance in the areas of Commerce, and Entertainment and Recreation. As the most intact remaining section of the historically dense commercial center in Waterville, the district illustrates the common pattern of commercial development in first floor retail spaces with office, fraternal, hotel, or residential spaces above, and it was also a hub for the city’s entertainment and recreational facilities. The Waterville Main Street Historic District is also significant in the areas of Community Planning and Development, and Architecture. The buildings comprise a visually cohesive grouping of commercial, governmental, and institutional buildings primarily built between 1836 and 1938, which generally retain a high degree of historic integrity. Architect designed buildings demonstrate the influence of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, Beaux Arts, and Colonial Revival styles, with examples of the Art Deco and Moderne styles as well.

Update Log 

  • December 22, 2013: Updated by Brian Bartlett: Added description
  • December 22, 2013: Photo imported by Brian Bartlett
  • December 17, 2013: Added by Brian Bartlett