St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Receives Donation from Bangor Savings Bank

Photo: St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse was presented with a check for $1,000 by Bangor Savings Bank as part of the Community Matters More campaign. On the left is Gladys Greenlaw of the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Association and on the right is Diane Hunnewell, Assistant Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank.

By Lura Jackson

The St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, being one of the most prominent restored brick buildings in historic downtown Calais, has received a $1,000 donation from Bangor Savings bank. Built in 1874 following the great fire of Calais that devastated the downtown and many ships docked in the river, the firehouse was in danger of being demolished in the second half of the twentieth century after being in a state of continued disrepair. Community members rallied to save the building, contributing hundreds of hours and raising tens of thousands of dollars to restore it. This donation will enable the firehouse association to continue its efforts of restoration.

“Congratulations to the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse Association for being a $1,000 2017 Community Matters More winner!” shared Diane Hunnewell of Bangor Savings Bank. The Community Matters More campaign is a yearly event wherein votes are cast all over the state of Maine for projects deemed worthwhile by the community. Over $100,000 has been donated by Bangor Savings Bank for nonprofit causes.

“We would like to commend Bangor Savings Bank for realizing history is a very important part of any community,” said St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse association member Dick Barnard. “When we lose one of these historically significant old buildings like the St. Croix No. 1 Firehouse, part of our history becomes lost forever.”