Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street
Jun
24
to Oct 14

Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street

New Tour Time - 11 am on Mondays!

Mondays at 10 am and 11 am. from June 24th to October 14th. Tours begin at 1 India Street. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The Neighborhood Stories: Portland’s India Street Tour uncovers stories of Portland’s busiest 19th and early 20th century commercial center. The neighborhood has been a crossroad for Portland's workers, residents and travelers through the centuries. Home to immigrants, African Americans, and working people, the buildings and the stories reflect those influences. Thanks to a partnership with the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian the tour ends with an exclusive look inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, America's 3rd oldest African-American Meeting House.

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Please note: no bathroom facilities are available on this walk.

Meet outside the Gorham Savings Bank Building, formerly, the Grand Trunk Railroad Offices. 
1 India Street
Portland, ME, 04101

$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets required. Tour guides are not able to sell tickets.

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Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours
Jun
25
to Oct 18

Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours

  • Greater Portland Landmarks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. from June 25th to October 18th.  Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The Homes of Portland’s Golden Age Tour explores the area that, in the early 19th century was considered, “the most beautiful neighborhood in Portland.” A variation of our very first walking tour in 1965, this guided tour looks at the stately homes on High, Spring, State and Pleasant Streets which showcase Portland’s early prosperity through architecture. Known as the Spring Street Historic District, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

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Meet inside The Safford House, Landmarks’ headquarters
93 High Street
Portland, ME 04101

$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets required. Tour guides are not able to sell tickets. Day-of tickets may not be available.

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Custom House Tours
Jun
26
to Oct 16

Custom House Tours

Open exclusively for Landmarks, tours are Wednesdays through October 16th at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm or 1 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.

The U.S. Customs House Tour gives you exclusive access to view the soaring interior spaces decorated with gilding, marble and ornate plasterwork. Constructed soon after the Great Fire of 1866, the Customs House opened for business in 1872, quickly becoming a gateway for one of the five largest ports in the county. New Hampshire granite, walnut woodwork and Italian marble were used in construction, ensuring the building will stand for generations as a symbol of stability, wealth and strength.  

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Meet on the steps of the Custom House
312 Fore Street,Portland, ME 04101


$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets required. Tour guides are not able to sell tickets.

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Western Promenade Tours
Jun
27
to Oct 17

Western Promenade Tours

  • Greater Portland Landmarks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New Tour Time - 11 am on Thursdays!

Thursdays at 10 am and 11 am. from June 27th to October 17th.

Portland’s Western Promenade in the Gilded Age is a brand new tour! Walk through one of Portland’s most exclusive neighborhoods and discover the entrepreneurs, the hidden web of relationships between neighbors and the remarkable women who lived here during the area’s building boom from the 1870s to the 1920s.

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Tours begin at the corner of the Western Promenade and Bowdoin Street, Portland, ME 04101

Please note: no bathroom facilities are available on this walk.

$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets required. Tour guides are not able to sell tickets.

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Neighborhood History Night: Ferry Village
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood History Night: Ferry Village

Through historic maps and images and recent research learn about historic Ferry Village 

South Portland’s Ferry Village Neighborhood has been shaped by over 150 years of ship-building and the people who built their lives around the industry through World War II. Although shipbuilding diminished after the war, the neighborhood remains a popular residential area. Unsurprisingly waterfront areas along Front and High Streets are predicted to be susceptible to rising sea levels. Less well known is the potential for flooding deep within the neighborhood along Sawyer, School, and Stanford Streets.

Join Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy, to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and how sea-level rise will impact this historic place.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Thank you to the People’s Methodist Church for hosting us!

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Neighborhood History Night: Bayside
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood History Night: Bayside

Through historic maps and images and recent research learn about Portland’s historic Bayside.  

The Bayside neighborhood has been expanded through a series of fill projects along the mudflats of Back Cove. Some of that fill came from the edges of Munjoy Hill and the ruins of the Great Fire of 1866. Bayside has always been both a residential and industrial neighborhood. In the 19th century the neighborhood housed industries like a tannery, foundry, casket manufacturer, and pickle factory that provided jobs that attracted newcomers to the city. In the 20th century industrial development gave way to car dealerships, bakeries, and warehouses. As East and West Bayside’s populations and economies continue to grow, so do the threats of climate change. As sea levels rise, Back Cove is projected to reclaim those areas built on the mudflats filled in during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Join Julie Larry to learn more about the history of the neighborhood and how sea-level rise will impact this historic place.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Thank you to Mayo Street Arts for hosting us!

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Places in Peril Announcement +  Annual Meeting
Sep
26
4:30 PM16:30

Places in Peril Announcement + Annual Meeting

Tilework in the former gymnasium, Photo Credit Heath Paley

Please join us

2019 Places in Peril Announcement
and Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019
* Presumpscot Place *

*Art-Deco Style Former Westbrook High School Gym *
22 Foster Street, Westbrook

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited.


4:30 PM:

■■ Workshop Tour of Bagala Window Works - An historic church converted into the workshop of one of New England’s premiere window preservationists.
677 Main Street, Westbrook

 

5:30 PM:

■■ Historic Marker Presentation

■■ Brief Annual Meeting

■■ Announcement of 2019 Places in Peril

6:15 PM:

■■ Celebratory Reception featuring local food and beverages

About Presumpscot Place

The old High School building on Main Street stands today as one of Westbrook’s most significant architectural landmarks. It was designed in 1886 by the architects Francis H. Fassett and Frederick Augustus Thompson. Several additions were added to accommodate the needs of the community. In 1936 another brick annex was built on the right rear of the building with an entrance on Foster Street. The architects were Miller and Beal and the contractor was F. W. Cunningham. This annex provided eight new rooms and a combined auditorium and gymnasium. Later a small one story addition to the southerly side of this annex provided a dressing and shower room for the athletes. - Excerpted from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form For Westbrook High School.

What is a Place in Peril?

These properties face serious threats. These threats include things like sale or transfer without any historic preservation protections, neglect or lack of maintenance, or lack of funding. These properties help define greater Portland. In every case, the properties we’ve identified are prominently visible or have such historic significance that we must advocate for their protection and preservation.

This event is generously sponsored by

 
 


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Munjoy Hill Matters Walking Tours
Jul
18
to Aug 8

Munjoy Hill Matters Walking Tours

  • The Portland Observatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Limited Engagement with Julie Larry, only 4 nights: July 18, July 25, August 1 & August 8 at 6pm. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The Munjoy Hill Matters Tour is a limited engagement opportunity to join Landmarks' Director of Advocacy Julie Larry on a tour of the potential Munjoy Hill Historic District. Munjoy Hill was developed largely to provide housing for those left homeless after the Great Fire of 1866 and went on to become home to workers of Portland's waterfront and many immigrant families. Join Julie as she shares stories of the Hill’s residents as you learn about the architectural development of the neighborhood. 

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Meet at The Portland Observatory

138 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets strongly encouraged - space is limited.

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Annual Historic Gala
May
31
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Historic Gala

May 31, 2019

Portland Then and Now: Celebrating Neighborhoods and Community

Join us at Ocean Gateway for a cocktail buffet, music, dancing and the Living Landmark Awards! Friday, May 31st, 2019
5:30 to 10:00 p.m.
14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland

 We will honor the following Living Landmarks for their transformational leadership in preserving our historic character:

Hilary Bassett
Greg Boulos
Sally & Ted Oldham
Mary Lou Sprague
Anna Marie Thron

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2019 Old House Trade Show
Mar
30
to Mar 31

2019 Old House Trade Show

  • Holiday Inn By the Bay (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mark your calendars now
for the 2019 Old House Trade Show!

March 30-31, 2019

Maine's premiere event celebrating historic preservation, high quality craftsmanship, traditional construction and sustainable practices in Maine and New England.

Talk face to face with dozens of house experts, contractors, designers, and specialists about your home.

  • Attend two days of workshops and demos to learn new DIY techniques, hear the latest in sustainable technology, and more.

  • Learn about products and resources that could improve your home.

  • Meet the community of people preserving our past and saving our future which includes expert tradespeople, citizen groups, your neighbors, and you!

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Holiday Lantern Tours
Dec
13
to Dec 15

Holiday Lantern Tours

  • The Portland Observatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Advanced tickets have sold out.

Walk-in tickets are available for the 7:30 tour. Limit 12 people. You can swing by the tower starting at 5:30 pm to get your tickets!

Take a lantern-light guided tour to the top of the tower and enjoy three Portland-related holiday stories. Each tour is approximately 25 minutes and includes plenty of time at the top to enjoy a view of Portland at night.

 The cost is $10/person. Each tour limited to 12 people. Tours will leave every half hour starting at 5:30 pm. Advanced tickets required. Only the 7:30 tour and any canceled reservations will be available for walk-ins.

Bring the receipt (printed or on your phone) as your ticket.

Attention Members: Use promo code MEMBER at checkout for 10% off your purchase.

 

 True to its 1807 design the Observatory is not heated. Please dress warmly.

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Trick-or-Treat at Portland Observatory!
Oct
31
5:30 PM17:30

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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Residential Architecture - How to Uncover the Story of Your Historic Building
Oct
31
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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Neighborhood History Night: Nason's Corner
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood History Night: Nason's Corner

Through historic maps and images and recent research learn about historic Nason's Corner. 

Portland’s street car system transformed the Nason’s Corner neighborhood from a farming community to suburban residential neighborhood at the turn of the 20th century. Join us to learn more about the transformation of the neighborhood

Join Julie Larry to learn more about the transformation of the neighborhood and the history of some of its residents.  

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Thank you to St. Ansgar Lutheran Church for hosting us!

 

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What Does It Mean to Own Property in a Local Historic District?
Oct
24
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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Neighborhood History Night: East Deering
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood History Night: East Deering

Through historic maps and images and recent research learn about historic East Deering. 

East Deering grew from a small rural village into a suburban neighborhood for Portland’s growing population in part due to employment opportunities at Burnham and Morrill and in the Grand Trunk Railroad yard.

Join Julie Larry to learn more about the transformation of the neighborhood and the history of some of its residents at the turn of the 20th century.   

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Space is limited. Thank you to St. Peter's Episcopal Church for having us! 

 

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Help Your Building Get to the Next Century: Energy Performance, Sustainability, and Durability
Oct
17
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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Neighborhood History Night: Peaks Island
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Neighborhood History Night: Peaks Island

Through historic maps and images and recent research learn about historic Peaks Island. 

In the late 19th century Peaks Island was famous for its summer entertainment and earned the nickname “Coney Island of Maine.” The island’s development as a tourist destination was spurred in part by the growth of steamship travel and rising leisure time among the American middle class. 

Join Julie Larry to learn more about this period of Peaks Island’s history and the historic buildings and places that are a reminder of the island’s hey-day as an amusement destination.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged. Space is limited.  Thank you to the 5th Maine Regiment Museum for having us!

 

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2018 PRESERVATION AWARDS CELEBRATION & ANNUAL MEETING
Sep
27
4:30 PM16:30

2018 PRESERVATION AWARDS CELEBRATION & ANNUAL MEETING

2018 PRESERVATION AWARDS
CELEBRATION & ANNUAL MEETING


4:30 PM: Join us for guided tours of unique apartments and public spaces
in the building. Last tour at 5:10 pm.
5:30 PM: Preservation Awards Ceremony and brief Annual Meeting*
Immediately following the presentation please join us as we celebrate with our friends.
Light refreshments will be served. Suggested contribution: $20

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Off to the Highlands Part II: Developing Deering’s Hillside Neighborhood
Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Off to the Highlands Part II: 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 final part of a two-year survey to document these residences. Join us on August 28th 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. The event is free but registration is strongly encouraged. 

*One of our graduate interns, Madeline Berry, is featured in this photo surveying Coyle Street. 

 

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

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Portland's India Street: The Grand Trunk to the Abyssinian
Jul
9
to Sep 24

Portland's India Street: The Grand Trunk to the Abyssinian

The India street neighborhood has been a crossroad for Portland's workers, residents, and travelers through the centuries. Walk back in time from the 21st to the 19th century exploring the oldest street in Portland and its newest historic district. The walk will end with an exclusive tour inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, America's 3rd oldest African-American Meeting House. This tour is offered in partnership with the Abyssinian Restoration Project

July 9 - September 24, 2018
Mondays at 10 AM

Meet at 1 India Street, Portland, ME, The Gorham Savings Bank Building, formerly, the Grand Trunk Railroad Offices. 
$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets preferred, Day-of tickets may not be available. Click this event for tickets.

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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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Custom House Tours
Jun
20
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.  

September 5, 2018 - October 25, 2018
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am & 11:00 am

Meet on the steps of the Custom House
312 Fore Street,Portland, ME 04101
$10 per person. $8 for members. Advanced ticketing required. Click this event for tickets.    

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Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours
Jun
19
to Sep 14

Homes of Portland's Golden Age Tours

  • Greater Portland Landmarks (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 

June 19, 2018 - September 14, 2018
Tuesdays & Fridays at 10 AM

Meet at Greater Portland Landmarks, 93 High Street, Portland, ME
$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets preferred, Day-of tickets may not be available. Click this event for tickets.

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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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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. 

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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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