LISBON – The former Lisbon Falls High School on Campus Avenue has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission whose staff prepared the nomination.

The designation, he said, indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Lisbon Falls High School, Shettleworth said, is a notable example of Romanesque revival architecture. The stately 2-story brick building with finial topped tower, arched windows and doors, terra cotta and granite accents was the work of William R. Miller, a prolific Maine architect known for designing lavishly detailed public buildings.

It was built in 1905 by Joseph Philbrook and Sons at a cost of $17,901 and opened in the spring of 1906. It was used until 1952, when students moved into the high school on Route 196.

Economic Development Director Jennifer Stowell Norris is working with a committee seeking reuse proposals such as a congregate care facility, senior housing, trade school, museum or arts center for the building. The town is seeking proposals. Stowell Norris said the town will consider “all proposals that keep the original character of this architecturally significant structure intact.” Situated on a 1.37-acre lot, it would lend itself to multiple uses as well, she added.

The building most recently housed School Union 30’s central office. It is vacant and available for showing with a 48-hour notice, and the town is willing to partner with developers to secure tax credits or other incentives, she said. For further information, contact Stowell Norris at 353-3000, ext. 122.


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