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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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: 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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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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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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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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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.

Register Now.

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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