Edward C. Maher, of interest

Eric’s post on North Main in general and the AT&T building in particular made me think of Edward C. Maher.  Well, every time I see that building, I think of Maher, but I’m not sure everyone’s familiar with him, so what follows are links to familiarize those of you who aren’t acquainted with his vision.

If there’s anything you hate about the downtown, you’re likely not a fan of Edward C. Maher.  If you’re grateful that Notre Dame des Canadiens was preserved from the original mall’s wrecking ball, you can thank Edward C. Maher.  If you think Union Station is a multi-million dollar white elephant, you’ve got a compatriot in Edward C. Maher.

Maher died six years ago at the age of 85(To access this link and subsequent links, click here first.)  Among other things, Maher can be credited (or held responsible, depending on your point of view) for the Galleria (and its associated buildings and garages), the Pearl-Elm garage, the Centrum, Plumley Village, and, yes, the AT&T building.

This Mark Melady interview from 1994 with Maher is of especial interest, if only for his prediction that Union Station would “be a $30 million white elephant.”

This is a summary of Home Federal Savings & Loan, of which Maher was president from 1951 to 1979.   When he passed away, a column and editorial eulogized him.

2 thoughts on “Edward C. Maher, of interest

  1. Sprout says:

    I see he was the acting chairman of the Off-Street parking Board………….

  2. Herbert Bouley says:

    As a former emplloyee of Home Federal S & L under Ed Maher I witnessed the way he treated his workers first hand. If you were a vice president you loved him. Anyone ellse was treated with disdain as he barely tolerated most of his employees. In the late 1970s auditors discovered Home Federal was in deep financial trouble and they did not have to look far to find out why. Phoney construction loans given out a cape cod builder. Lots which were supposed to have buildings under construction, but were just empty lots and no follow ups by the bank was ever done. Auditors were sure it was a conspiracy between Maher and the builder, but never could prove it. But happily Maher was forced to resign.

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