Camden chosen as National Historic Landmark

BY RAMONA DU HOUX

March 11th, 2013 

The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library in Camden, Maine, as one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks.

“I’m very pleased the Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library has been chosen as a National Historic Landmark. The beautiful landscaping there captures a fascinating part of our nation’s cultural history while accentuating the natural beauty of the Maine coast,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. “As a hub of the Camden community, the library’s designation will be another great asset in bringing visitors to the area. I appreciate all the work local groups have done to support the library and keep it and its grounds in such excellent condition for so long.”

Last fall, Pingree sent a letter to the head of the National Historic Landmarks Program urging them to designate the Camden Public Library.

The Camden Amphitheatre and Public Library is one of the few public projects of Fletcher Steele, one of America’s premier practitioners of 20th-century landscape design. It is an outstanding representation of the contributions made by the landscape architecture profession, private benefactors, and national associations to develop public landscapes in the United States that celebrated natural regional beauty, scenic character, and rich cultural history.