Maine Library Building Sold to Adventist Church
for Conference Office, Heritage Site
Warren Memorial Library to serve two purposes, church leaders say.
BY LESLIE BRIDGERS
, staff writer, Portland, Maine,
Press Herald, reporting from Westbrook, Maine
he Warren Memorial Library, which closed in 2009 because of a dwindling endowment, has been sold to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for $900,000.
The Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, now based on Allen Avenue in Portland, hopes to move its office and build a new heritage center at the former library on Main Street for a grand opening in the spring, said Randee Reynolds, the conference’s treasurer.
ADVENTIST ACQUISITION: The Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook, Maine, as shown in a 2004 photo. The Northern New England Conference will use the site for a new conference office and Adventist heritage center. [PHOTO: Doug Jones/ The Portland Press Herald]
Reynolds said the Seventh-day Adventist Church started in Portland and Gorham, and the heritage center will celebrate that history through artifacts and displays.
“This just seems perfect for us to be between the two towns,” Reynolds said.
The former library went up for sale last spring—about a year after its closure spurred an outcry from its loyal patrons.
The private library was established in 1876 by Samuel D. Warren for employees of his paper mill and their families. It was opened to the public in 1930, after the establishment of the nonprofit Warren Memorial Fund, which paid for its operations.
The city-run Walker Memorial Library, across Main Street from the Warren building, is now Westbrook’s only library.
—Reprinted with permission from Portland, Maine,