The History

The building was built in and around the year 1934. At its inception, the first floor was used for retail space and the second floor was utilized for storage of inventory.

In recent years, the building was known for being a furniture and appliance store with most window access blocked by siding on the second floor. Over the last few years the building saw an evolution of renovations to accommodate one of Rockland’s most successful restaurants, Rustica. During the same period, there were some renovations that made the second floor suitable for casual office use, but the renovations were never completed.

In December 2010, Chris and Linda Hansen purchased the building. Chris has methodically undertaken a thoughtful renovation of most of the first and second floor. The first floor includes the well-established and very popular Italian restaurant, Rustica. Ongoing renovations will be complete soon with a new retro burger restaurant, the first of its kind in mid-coast Maine.

In addition, all systems have been upgraded and improved. New electrical, heating and air conditioning systems have been installed throughout the building. The second floor features include 8 spacious office suites, common conference room, and new restroom accommodations. Rental fees will be inclusive of utilities and include common access that is tasteful and inviting.

The History of the Name

The Wadsworth name is an old family name dating back many years relating to the current owner’s, Chris and Linda Hansen. Chris’s family, known as the Wadsworth family, lived over a hundred years ago in Camden around the harbor area. Though that part of Chris’ heritage has disappeared, Chris has spent many summers in the mid-coast area as a child, having many fond memories on Megunticook Lake and surrounding areas. By naming the Wadsworth Building after his family, Chris remembers and dedicates this property to that which he feels best represents his desire to become vested once again in the mid-coast area, specifically in Rockland’s now bustling Main Street.

Building Improvements

The Hansen’s have applied for and were awarded the Downtown Façade Improvement Grant. This award will allow the Wadsworth Building to improve the building façade and exterior that will be in keeping with the interior renovations. The Hansen’s are grateful for assistance from Rockland’s Community Development Department and investment in the vibrancy of the downtown.