East Deering’s Many Faces: Washington Ave & Veranda Street
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

East Deering’s Many Faces: Washington Ave & Veranda Street

Photo by: Todd Caverly

Landmarks is bringing in 4 summer interns to conduct historic building surveys in Deering neighborhoods that are targeted by the City for intensive planning
efforts in the new comprehensive plan. Before we start we want to hear from
you!

Join us for two neighborhood events where we will share our research and
documentation plans. We want to hear from you about the history of these
neighborhoods and what buildings you value most. Have you done your own
research on your house or neighborhood? Do you have some family photos of
your neighborhood? Has your family lived in the same spot for generations? Let us
know! Or do you just want to learn more about these parts of Portland? Join us!

This presentation and meet-up is focusing on East Deering's Washington Avenue and Veranda Street. Wednesday, May 23, 6 pm – 7 pm, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 678 Washington Avenue, Portland.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Registration required.

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Landmarks' Annual Historic Gala
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Landmarks' Annual Historic Gala

Be a part of the fun, be a part of the history. Celebrate historic preservation with Landmarks at our  annual Gala held for the first time at a Places in Peril site, the Peaks Island Amusement District, which was a center for summer fun and recreation. Join us in "rusticator style" for a boat ride, a lobster feast, live music, live & silent auction, and open oyster & cocktail bars.

Tickets Now Available

Photograph colorized by Patty Allison | www.pattyallison.com

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Nason’s Corner: From Capisic Brook to Brighton Avenue Terrace
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Nason’s Corner: From Capisic Brook to Brighton Avenue Terrace

Landmarks is bringing in 4 summer interns to conduct historic building surveys in Deering neighborhoods that are targeted by the City for intensive planning
efforts in the new comprehensive plan. Before we start we want to hear from
you!

Join us for two neighborhood events where we will share our research and
documentation plans. We want to hear from you about the history of these
neighborhoods and what buildings you value most. Have you done your own
research on your house or neighborhood? Do you have some family photos of
your neighborhood? Has your family lived in the same spot for generations? Let us
know! Or do you just want to learn more about these parts of Portland? Join us!

This presentation and meet-up is focusing on Nason's Corner from Capisic Brook to Brighton Avenue. Tuesday, May 15, 6 pm – 7 pm, St. Ansgar’s Church, 515 Woodford St., Portland.

The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Registration required. 

Register Now.

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Housing Workers for Portland's Growing Waterfront
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Housing Workers for Portland's Growing Waterfront

Thank you for your interest! Registration is full. 

Join Greater Portland Landmarks and our Education Manager, Alessa Wylie for a Munjoy Hill walking tour.  Portland's working waterfront has always been at the heart of the city and the workers have kept that heart beating strong. Learn about how Munjoy Hill housing grew with the waterfront.  

April 23, 2018, 6 PM
Meet at the Portland Observatory, 138 Congress Street, Portland

The tour will last about an hour. Tours are free and open to the public but space is limited. Reservation is required. 

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19th Century Real Estate Development: Moses Gould and Eliphalet Clark's Plan
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

19th Century Real Estate Development: Moses Gould and Eliphalet Clark's Plan

Thank you for your interest! Registration is full. 

Join Greater Portland Landmarks and our Education Manager, Alessa Wylie, for a Munjoy Hill walking tour.  Learn about how the neighborhood was planned in the 19th Century.

April 11, 2018, 6 PM
Meet at Fort Sumner Park, North Street, Portland.  This is the park next to the Shailer School and across from where Montreal and Quebec Streets intersect with North Street. 

The tour will last about an hour. Tours are free and open to the public but space is limited. Reservation is required. 

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The Eastern Promenade Takes Shape: Turn-of-the-Century Development on Munjoy Hill
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Eastern Promenade Takes Shape: Turn-of-the-Century Development on Munjoy Hill

Thank you for your interest! Registration is full. 

Join Greater Portland Landmarks and our Education Manager, Alessa Wylie, for a Munjoy Hill walking tour.  The houses along the Eastern Promenade tell about a particular moment in Portland's history. 

April 9, 2018, 6 PM
Meet at the Cleeves Monument, Congress Street & Eastern Prom, Portland

The tour will last about an hour. Tours are free and open to the public but space is limited. Reservation is required. 

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A Diverse Neighborhood - Early Settlement and Immigration on Munjoy Hill
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

A Diverse Neighborhood - Early Settlement and Immigration on Munjoy Hill

Join Greater Portland Landmarks and our Education Manager, Alessa Wylie, for a Munjoy Hill walking tour.  Let the neighborhood's buildings tell you about the many different people who called Munjoy Hill home.

April 2, 2018, 6 PM
Meet at the Portland Observatory, 138 Congress Street, Portland

The tour will last about an hour. Tours are free and open to the public but space is limited. Reservation is required. 

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 Residential Architecture - How to Uncover the Story of Your Historic Building
Mar
29
9:00 AM09:00

Residential Architecture - How to Uncover the Story of Your Historic Building

Every home has a story if you know how to uncover it. With this program you will learn how to research the history of an historic home and share its story.  During the classroom portion of the class you will learn to identify architectural styles and to understand the historical background of residential buildings in Portland.

The program will conclude with a walking tour of...

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A Meeting for Munjoy Hill
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

A Meeting for Munjoy Hill

New Date: Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 PM
East End Community School

Julie Larry, Directory of Advocacy, will give a brief presentation on Landmarks recent research and architectural survey. The presentation will include information on the Hill’s buildings and the stories of some of the people that have called Munjoy Hill home over the last century and a half. Landmarks will also present information on the potential for historic designation of buildings on Munjoy Hill and how designation might be part of a solution to address neighborhood concerns that led to the current moratorium.

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Help Your Building Get to the Next Century: Energy Performance, Sustainability, and Durability
Mar
15
9:00 AM09:00

Help Your Building Get to the Next Century: Energy Performance, Sustainability, and Durability

Understand how to improve energy efficiency in older buildings while maintaining the historic character and architectural elements. The workshop will provide guiding principles and specific techniques and efforts that can be taken to save energy, improve occupant health, and promote durability and sustainability of older buildings.

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Maine Calling: Historic Preservation
Feb
5
1:00 PM13:00

Maine Calling: Historic Preservation

Maine Public's Maine Calling is hosting a live discussion on Historic Preservation throughout Maine. Jennifer Rooks will be asking questions about some of "the successful projects, from renovated mills to rehabilitated old schools, and how historic preservation contributes to Maine's economy--and the well-being of communities."

The show will be live at 1 pm on Monday, February 5.  It will be broadcast at 8 pm that same night and available online after that. 

Tune in live and ask questions from the panel of experts listed below! 

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What Does It Mean to Own Property in a Local Historic District?
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

What Does It Mean to Own Property in a Local Historic District?

Portland has eleven local historic districts and if you own property or are thinking about owning property in one of those districts do you know exactly what that means?  With this program you’ll learn the guidelines that govern exterior changes along with the criteria for construction and renovations. In addition, this program will describe the designation process for landmark buildings and historic districts.

The program will conclude with a walk in...

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Trick-or-Treat at Portland Observatory!
Oct
31
5:00 PM17:00

Trick-or-Treat at Portland Observatory!

The Portland Observatory is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters and their families on October 31 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Some ghosts of the Tower's pastwill be on hand to welcome visitors and hand out candy. Come for some spooky fun at the country’s only Maritime Signal Tower. First floor ONLY of the Observatory will be open and decorated. Take advantage of this off-season opportunity to enjoy the Portland Observatory!

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When Modernism Came to Maine
Oct
15
2:30 PM14:30

When Modernism Came to Maine

Lecture and Reception with Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. 

Learn about mid-century modern residential, religious, and civic architecture in this afternoon program and celebration.  Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth will present an illustrated talk about Maine's mid-century modern domestic architecture at Holy Cross Church (1958). Afterwards, cross the street for a public reception to mark the 50th birthday of the South Portland Public Library (1967). Registration and Admission fee required for 2:30 pm lecture at Holy Cross Church, 124 Cottage Road, South Portland.  4 pm public reception at South Portland Public Library, free and open to everyone. 482 Broadway, South Portland.

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One Neighborhood, Many Cultures: The India Street Neighborhood and Abyssinian Meeting House Tour
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

One Neighborhood, Many Cultures: The India Street Neighborhood and Abyssinian Meeting House Tour

  • Outside of Gorham Savings Bank, former Grand Trunk Railroad Building (map)
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Join us for an hour long walking tour of the historic India Street neighborhood as we explore how the peoples of the neighborhood shaped the architecture and buildings that we see today.  The tour will conclude with an opportunity to go inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, the 3rd oldest African-American meeting house in the country, currently under restoration. 

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Residential Architecture - How to Uncover the Story of Your Historic Building
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Residential Architecture - How to Uncover the Story of Your Historic Building

Every home has a story if you know how to uncover it. With this program you will learn how to research the history of an historic home and share its story.  During the classroom portion of the class you will learn to identify architectural styles and to understand the historical background of residential buildings in Portland.

The program will conclude with a walking tour of...

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Places in Peril Announcement and Annual Meeting
Sep
19
4:30 PM16:30

Places in Peril Announcement and Annual Meeting

  • Riverview Martial Arts, the former Maine National Guard Armory (map)
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Join Landmarks to celebrate the creative rehabilitation of one of our first sites named a Place in Peril in 2012, the former Maine National Guard Armory in South Portland! View the elements that made this project so distinctive at our Annual Meeting during which we will announce 2017’s most endangered properties.

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Off to the Highlands: Developing Deering’s Hillside Neighborhood
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Off to the Highlands: Developing Deering’s Hillside Neighborhood

In the late 19th century the woody ledges and farmland in Deering’s Highlands emerged as one of the city’s premier residential neighborhoods. A horse drawn trolley line, introduced in 1863, helped fuel the area’s early growth, as did the aftermath of the 1866 fire and overcrowding in Portland’s peninsula neighborhoods. The first developers in Deering were looking for land for large homes with gardens and orchards in a rustic landscape.

Landmarks is wrapping up the first of a two-year survey to document these residences. Join us on August 29th to discover the history and treasures of one of Portland's most beautiful suburban neighborhoods. The evening will feature a presentation on our recent work and light refreshments.

This public presentation is being supported in part by a grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

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Kayak Tour to Fort Gorges
Aug
7
4:30 PM16:30

Kayak Tour to Fort Gorges

Explore of of Greater Portland Landmark's Places in Peril by boat!

Portland Paddle has designed a special tour of Fort Gorges for the Greater Portland Landmarks Community! Learn the latest about the preservation of this landmark while exploring the elegant granite halls, dark passageways and towering ramparts of Fort Gorges.

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CANCELLED: Cycling The Suburbs of Portland, Maine: History and Place at the Turn-of-the-Century
Aug
5
4:00 PM16:00

CANCELLED: Cycling The Suburbs of Portland, Maine: History and Place at the Turn-of-the-Century

Join Greater Portland Landmarks for a fascinating look at the late 19th century bicycle phenomenon here in Portland with a lecture and bike tour through the historic Deering section of Portland with PHD candidate Sam Shupe.   You are welcome to attend the free lecture without going on the bike tour. 

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Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours
Jul
28
to Oct 6

Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours

Elegant Federal mansions, Greek Revival residences, and high style Italianate houses grace this tour of the Spring Street Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Let one of our guides take you through this variety of ornate architectural styles as they tell the story of how Portland and its most wealthy residents put their success on display one building at a time. Along the way you will also see magnificent cathedrals and more modest housing built to accommodate the burgeoning 19th century Portland. 

July 18, 2017 - October 6, 2017
Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 AM


Meet at Greater Portland Landmarks
93 High Street, Portland ME 04101  
$10 per person. Advanced tickets not required,but appreciated

For day of tickets, call 207-774-5561

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Custom House Tours
Jul
26
to Oct 25

Custom House Tours

With its magnificent architecture in the heart of a bustling seaport, The Custom House was recently restored to its 1872 glory.  The building has been closed to the public since 2001 except through this special 30 minute guided tour. Come see the space a young United States of America created to impress merchants from abroad as they came into Portland, one of the country's biggest, busiest and vital harbors at the time.  

Wednesdays June 28, 2017 - October 25, 2017
at 10:30 am and 11:30 am

Meet on the steps of the Custom House
312 Fore Street,
Portland, ME 04101
$10 per person.  
Advanced ticketing required
  

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 President Monroe Visits Portland!
Jul
17
5:30 PM17:30

President Monroe Visits Portland!

Monday, July 17, 5:30 pm

A collaborative program with Maine Historical Society

On July 17, 1817, newly elected U.S. President James Monroe and a small entourage arrived in Portland Maine midway through a tour of the northern states.

In commemoration of this historic tour, join us at Maine Historical Society as historian Herb Adams  interviews “ President Monroe” followed by a short walking tour of the neighborhood focusing on Monroe’s visit to Portland. The evening ends at the Portland Observatory for “cameras and conversation” – have your photo taken with the President and enjoy refreshments, as well as the views from the Observatory just like the president did in 1817.

$15 MHS and GPL Members; $20 general admission. Space is limited. Tickets available on MHS website. If you are a Landmarks Member, click on the MHS Member price. 

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TEIA Lecture Series: the view of Portland that we see from Peaks
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

TEIA Lecture Series: the view of Portland that we see from Peaks

Trefethen-Evergreen Improvement Association on Peaks Island hosts a lectures series on the island every summer.  This year they asked Julie Larry,  Director of Advocacy for Greater Portland Landmarks to speak. She will share stories about efforts to conserve the historic character of Portland as the city experiences a building boom. What’s happening with House Island? What’s in store for the former Portland Yacht Yard site? What’s happening along the India Street corridor? What buildings and views do we know will be preserved and what may change?" A wonderful reason to visit the island on a July evening. Click for the event page.

For more information on the Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association and their historic building visit their webpage.

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The 1866 Fire Tour with Historian Herb Adams
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

The 1866 Fire Tour with Historian Herb Adams

From the first flame to the smoldering embers, follow the path of the Great Fire of 1866 with historian Herb Adams and Greater Portland Landmarks. This one-evening only trolley/walking tour will be held on Thursday, July 6th recognizing the 151st anniversary of the Great Fire. Herb Adams will provide a colorful narration of the events leading up to the Fire and share the amazing stories of the people and places that survived its extensive path of destruction that left over 10,000 people homeless.  

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Flag Day!
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, the Portland Observatory, 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME will be FREE and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with tours and activities throughout the day.

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Mid Mod: Be There or Be Square
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

Mid Mod: Be There or Be Square

  • Park at St. Pius X Parish lot, continuous shuttle to Gala house provided from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm (map)
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Mid Mod: Be There or Be Square

Friday, June 9th, 2017
6:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Baxter Boulevard, Portland

A celebration of mid-century modern architecture and culture, inspired by the early 1960s. Period food, music, and dancing! with tours of a classic 1961 home, surprises through the evening, a rousing live auction of food, travel, and cultural experiences, and a playlist of favorites for those who want to dance "holes in their soles!"

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India Street Neighborhood and Abyssinian Meeting House Tour
May
30
12:00 PM12:00

India Street Neighborhood and Abyssinian Meeting House Tour

This Place Matters!

Join us for a special Preservation Month tour of the India Street neighborhood. The walking tour will focus on the neighborhood’s early 19th century African-American history and will end with a special tour of the A Distant Holla art exhibition at the Abyssinian Meeting House, one of Landmarks’ Places In Peril. Landmarks’ Places in Peril program draws attention to Greater Portland’s vulnerable historic places and serves as a catalyst for adaptive reuse and community revitalization.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Tour will meet outside of 1 India Street, Portland, ME 04101

Price: $15/pp (nonmembers) $10/pp (members) Limit: 20 people.
Register online or call 774-5561. 

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