290 MAIN ST. NORWAY, ME 04268
Tucker Block, 1894 - Built as a harness shop that closed in 1958, one of Maine's last, after 150 years of service to the community. With its large oriel window and double-arched doorway, this is a rare example of a Queen Anne commercial building.
Tucker harness shop 1894, rebuilt after the Norway fire of 1893. Purchased from Carrier Tucker in 1958 for $25,000 who continued to live upstairs until her death.
Cyrus Shaw Tucker. Tucker opened Tucker Harness Shop in 1867 after he returned from fighting in the Civil War. After the Great Fire of 1894, he was the first on Main Street to rebuild. A highly respected community leader, Cyrus was a founder of Norway Savings Bank, Treasurer of the Norway Branch Railroad Corporation and Treasurer of the Town among many other roles. Cyrus married Kate Denison in 1866, and the couple had three children.
HOUSE LORAX TIMELINE
The historic upstairs portion of the building was renovated into a functioning dance studio and office space for Moovin' on Productions.
The non-profit Creative Norway was formed and transformed the full space into a membership-based artist's collective with a common space, band room, art room, and gallery space.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, focus was shifted to offering a space for secular homeschoolers to gather and individual artists to utilize what House Lorax has to offer.
A renewed energy builds to focus on classes, offerings, homeschool groups, and re-connecting with the community after COVID