10 Things You Can Do Over the Weekend to Make Your Old House More Efficient

10 Things You Can Do Over the Weekend to Make Your Old House More Efficient

Back when your drafty old place was built, believe me they had energy efficiency in mind.  Buildings were oriented so main living areas could take advantage of heat from solar gain, sturdy evergreen trees were planted to block the winter winds and deciduous trees to shade the summer heat, chimney were contructed strageically to take full advantage of the radiant heat from warm masonry and the fire, and they would never have gone to bed without taking the basic step of closing the curtains.  Resources were precious.

10 Things You Can Do Over The Weekend to Make Your Old House More Efficient


(efficiency=warmer home +more money in your pocket
+ good for the environment)

1.       Install (or begin won the north or draftiest areas) good...

#doorsofgreaterportland

#doorsofgreaterportland

With this in mind we ask our Instagram followers to show us the character of Greater Portland via its doorways in our first Instagram contest.  Doorways that catch your eye from a distance, up-close door details and craftsmanship, decorated doors, barn doors, modest and grand doors- we want to see them all.

*Make sure to Like your favorite entries and tell your friends to like yours.  There is a prize for most likes!*

Read the blog to learn all the rules and guidelines. 

12 Things We Can't Wait to Do this Fall

12 Things We Can't Wait to Do this Fall

1)Poetry is a good fright.

From Friday, October 21 – Monday, October 31, the Longfellow House hosts a haunted house.  They even have two levels of spooky. Based on Longfellow's poem, "Haunted Houses" the event evokes the various family members that died in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House over its long history. Two tours will be offered this year; one for families and one for adults. Treats and drinks will be served. For more information, tour times, and tickets go here

2)Gardens have their own historic timeline.  Where does yours fit in?

The First Lecture in the Greater Portland Landmarks Lecture series is History in Your Own Backyard: The cultural landscape seen every day and the evolving changes in garden design. The talk will be given by award winning Historic Landscape Specialist, Lucinda Brockway. October 25, 6-7 pm, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. This lecture is free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.  For more information about the event click hereLooking forward to the lecture?  Read the cover article from the last observer on our blog

3)Don’t let the government scare you…
or on second thought, do just that!

Meet Our Summer 2016 Interns

 Meet Our Summer 2016 Interns

This summer Greater Portland Landmarks was fortunate to have two interns, Liz King and Anastasia Azenaro-Moore.  Surveying Portland’s Oakdale neighborhood was their major collaboration and not only did they record important information about this unique neighborhood, they also had an opportunity share knowledge and experience with each other.  They both observed that the city is trying to understand the same questions they tackle in their academic studies: how and where do historic preservation, gentrification, housing, and public use all collide? Landmarks was lucky to spend a summer with these dynamic women and the future of historic preservation looks bright.

Remembering the Demolition

Remembering the Demolition

In the 1960s Portland lost two great architectural landmarks, with the destruction of Union Station on St. John Street and the Grand Trunk Railroad Station on India Street. With the decline in passenger rail service in the 1960s, both stations were made obsolete. Union Station was replaced by a shopping center, while the Grand Trunk Railroad site is now occupied by a pumping station. The loss of these unique landmarks continues to energize many Portlanders to preserve the city’s historic buildings.

This Place Matters: Duck Pond, Westbrook

This Place Matters: Duck Pond, Westbrook

Duck Pond Corner, a former rural village in Westbrook is bisected by one of the state’s busiest transportation corridors, Route 302. The Intersection of Duck Pond and Hardy Roads with Route 302 is a high-crash site and the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing a roundabout to make the intersection safer. However, local residents are concerned about the amount of land needed for a roundabout and the impact a roundabout might have on the historic buildings adjacent to the intersection. Greater Portland Landamarks is working with Westbrook’s Duck Pond Historic District Committee to document historic resources in the area where the Maine DOT is proposing a new roundabout and to create a National Register Historic District in the village.  Below is a picture of a community presentation on Westbrook's history from keepmecurrent.com

This Place Matters: Lincoln Park

By Anastasia Azenaro-Moore

Picture this: It’s a Saturday in the summer of 1872. The peninsula is hot and humid and everywhere you turn, the city is buzzing with industry. Factories along Back Cove are creating shoes, shirtwaists, ropes and other essential goods. Trains rumble up and down Commercial Street transporting goods between the busy wharves and the city’s train stations. With the city’s economy growing, more and more Irish immigrants make Portland their home, settling in the neighborhoods along India Street and Danforth Street, increasing the population of the city by twenty percent in a dozen years. In the middle of this buzz, there lies one oasis; one small section of greenery where one can escape the smell, the heat, the traffic and, perhaps, even the pressures of daily life; Lincoln Park.

Originally called Phoenix Square, until it was renamed to honor President Lincoln in 1867, the park was created in the aftermath of the Great Fire 1866 that destroyed a third of the city. The city purchased its first publicly owned green space with the intent of creating a fire break to prevent future fires from having the same far reaching and destructive effects.

Designed by city engineer Charles Goodell, with elm lined paths, and a three tiered Parisian fountain, installed in 1871, Lincoln Park quickly became much more than a fire break, it became a neighborhood destination and cultural hub. For nearly seventy years, a Farmer’s Market would set up along the park every Saturday from early spring to late fall. Festivals, including a particularly fun sounding Mardi Gras Night in 1920, would occur regularly in the park. Children would play and splash in the fountain as women would show off their Sunday best while strolling along the park’s flower beds.

 

The 1960s and 1970s were not kind to Lincoln Park. Dutch Elm Disease ravaged Portland’s elm tree population during the 1960s, including those which had defined the park’s pathways. In 1970, the eastern quarter of the park was torn up to make way for the widening of Franklin Arterial. The new highway severed the park from the Munjoy Hill and India Street neighborhoods, the populations the park best served. By 1976, the Farmer’s Market had relocated. As time passed, the city and its inhabitants lost interest in the park. The pathways crumbled, the fountain broke, the wrought iron fences rusted.

That is, until today.

In 2012, Friends of Lincoln Park, a nonprofit, volunteer, organization aimed at advocating for the park, formed. In 2013, Greater Portland Landmarks named Lincoln Park a “Place in Peril” bringing local attention and awareness to the park. This year, the Friends of Lincoln Park is raising funds to restore the fountain which has been missing it’s top tier for decades. The fountain restoration is in conjunction with a re-pavement of the walkways of the park with historically accurate bituminous concrete.

In June, a sculpture by Judith Hoffman entitled “The American Dream” was installed in the park by TEMPOart, a new temporary public art organization. The piece will be up until at least May 2017. This month there will be several events occurring in the park which are free and open to the public.

On August 5th, First Friday, a Scavenger Hunt and exhibition will be held in the park from 5 pm to 8 pm. This event is sponsored by TEMPOart, Greater Portland Landmarks, and Friends of Lincoln Park. The exhibition will feature students at Mayo Street Arts and Oak Street Studio who have been working all summer in sculpture workshops and studying Hoffman’s piece. On August 6th, PICNIC Music and Arts Festival will be hosting their 9th annual summer fair from 11 am to 6 pm in the park. This event will feature over 100 local artists and vendors selling everything from housewares to fine art. There will be live music and tasty food all day.