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September 29, 2022

An iconic downtown Brunswick building will reopen after a long restoration

Courtesy / Aaron Turkel Aaron Turkel and Cleo Vauban led the rebirth of Brunswick's historic Lemont Block.

Aaron Turkel and Cleo Vauban, the owners of Brunswick's iconic Lemont Block, are marking the completion of an extensive three-year, multi-million dollar revitalization project.

The renovation includes five luxury apartments and the reopening of Lemont Hall, with a capacity of 299 people. It is the first time in generations that the hall will be open for weddings, public gatherings and lectures. Both the hall and apartments are available for rent.

"We've always thought the Lemont Block was special, and enough hard-working people agreed with us to get this momentous job done,” said Aaron Turkel. “It makes us so proud to bring back a cornerstone of Brunswick.”

The four-story Lemont Block building, at the corner of Pleasant and Main Street was built in 1870 for the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order established during the Civil War.

According to the Pejepscot Historical Society, the Lemont Hall served as the venue for many speeches and events in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

"The Lemont Block is a designer's dream canvas, this building is really the definition of good bones," said Cleo Vauban.

Early next month, the Brunswick Downtown Association will honor Turkel and Vauban with a historic preservation award.

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