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

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

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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Help Your Building Get to the Next Century: Energy Performance, Sustainability, and Durability
Oct
18
9:00am 9:00am

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

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
10:00am10:00am

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
9:00am 9:00am

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
4:30pm 4:30pm

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

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
4:30pm 4:30pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
6:00pm 6:00pm

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

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Woodfords Corner Celebration 2017
May
11
6:30pm 6:30pm

Woodfords Corner Celebration 2017

Woodfords Corner Celebration 2017:

IOOF: The Fellowship and the Building

Thursday, May 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

2nd Floor, I.O.O.F. Block,  651 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

Join us to learn more about the history of the Odd Fellows Block and the organization that built this neighborhood landmark. Light refreshments and tours of the building. Free and open to the public.  Space is limited so reservation is required.  

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Portland Greendrinks
May
9
5:30pm 5:30pm

Portland Greendrinks

We are very proud and excited to be featured at Portland Greendrinks
Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 pm -8 pm
at Ocean Gate Plaza, 511 Congress Street! 

$5 BYOV (Bring your own vessel) or $10 Corn Cup • 21+ • BRING YOUR ID!

Raise a Glass to Historic Preservation with us during Preservation Month!

Historic Preservation is closely linked with energy efficiency.  Learn more at the event.

Portland Greendrinks is part of the international Greendrinks network — an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the natural environment. It occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, starting at 5:30 pm. The goal of Greendrinks is pretty simple: good times shared among people working in, or interested in, environmental and sustainability issues. Portland Greendrinks is a project of the Maine-based non-profit, The Triceratops Group, founded by Elliott May in January 2010. 

 

Thank you to Ocean Gate Plaza for hosting us! Why hold it at 511 Congress Street?

ONE MAINE SAVINGS BANK, 511 CONGRESS STREET, 1973-1974

More famous in the “other Portland,” Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) was commissioned to design the Modern building at 511 Congress Street for Maine Savings Bank in 1972, the same year he received the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the highest official honor of the American architectural profession.

 

Born in Italy, Belluschi, trained as an engineer at the University of Rome and attended Cornell University. He then practiced in Portland, Oregon before heading the school of architecture and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1951-1965. 

 

Mr. Belluschi frequently designed buildings in association with larger firms that would provide backup and technical support, leaving him free to make major design decisions. On One Maine Savings Bank he collaborated with Jung/Brannen Associates of Boston, whom he knew from his time at MIT. The two also collaborated on One Financial Center, an office tower in Boston, completed in the early 1980's.

 

The key elements of One Maine Savings Bank building are the embracing wings of the low street-side building that  form a sunny gathering space, the relationship of the building to the topography of the street with the raised entrance to the building following the natural slope of Congress Street, and the unified dark coppery-brown color of the low mass along the street and the tower behind.

 

Other Pietro Belluschi works include:

Portland Art Museum, Portland OR

Equitable Building, 1948, Portland OR

Pan Am Building, New York NY

Juilliard School, New York NY

Bank of America, San Francisco CA

 

 

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Preservation in Action
May
6
8:15am 8:15am

Preservation in Action

  • Maine Charitable Mechanic Association’s Mechanics Hall (map)
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RESCHEDULED for May 6!

Older homes don't come with
instruction manuals. 
Luckily, We're Here to Help. 

You have a chance to get your questions answered by experts at

Preservation in Action

A morning of workshops with local preservation experts
who can help you with updating your older home!

Open to everyone interested in learning best practices
in repairing, renewing older buildings and enhancing traditional designs.

Register Now

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Building the American Dream by Mail: Kit Houses in Greater Portland
Apr
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Building the American Dream by Mail: Kit Houses in Greater Portland

  • TALBOT Lecture Hall, on the 1st floor of Luther Bonney Hall, USM (map)
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Co-Sponsored byTEMPO Arts and USM Department of History and Political Science

The American Dream of home ownership was fostered in the early 20th century by Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, and other national companies through sales of their pre-cut and ready to assemble homes. In Greater Portland a few local examples of these kit homes have been identified and researched by Greater Portland Landmarks, including a concentration of homes in the 1920s-era Oakwood Heights subdivision near USM. The lecture will explain the architectural styles popularized through kit homes,  tell the story of the companies that sold houses through the mail, and pass along ways you can help to locate potential kit homes in your neighborhood.  

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Urban Cemeteries
Apr
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Urban Cemeteries

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Urban Cemeteries:


Opportunities for Horticulture


Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6-7pm. 
ree and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.

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Why Your World Looks the Way It Does and Why It Matters
Mar
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Why Your World Looks the Way It Does and Why It Matters

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why Your World Looks the Way It Does and Why It Matters:


Cultural Landscape as Visual Culture


Kent Ryden, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 6-7pm. 
ree and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.

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Street Car Suburbs Along the Forest Avenue Corridor
Mar
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

Street Car Suburbs Along the Forest Avenue Corridor

We have added an addition date! This lecture will now be held on both February 26th and March 12. February 26th is almost full. 

Join us for a presentation on the architectural and cultural history of three suburban street car neighborhoods along the Forest Avenue Corridor, the Oakdale, Fessenden Park and Oakwood Heights subdivisions. Landmarks has spent two years conducting research on these important off-peninsula neighborhoods. The event is presented by Greater Portland Landmarks with support from the University Neighborhood Organization and the HopeGateWay United Methodist Church.

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Four a Cause
Dec
2
12:30pm12:30pm

Four a Cause

We are excited to be a part of of this Benchmark Real Estate Holiday Soiree.  Hope to see you there! 

The text below is from their facebook event page.  Visit that page by clicking here. 

**This is a FREE event in support of local charity. Our way of giving back this holiday season. Please attend!**

Please join Benchmark for our first annual "FOUR A CAUSE" holiday soiree. No, that's not a typo. We've selected four awesome charities, and everyone who attends will be handed cold, hard cash to donate to the cause of their choice. Plus, we'll be sharing eats from Aurora Provisions and rocking out to Model Airplane.

Benchmark's FOUR A CAUSE Holiday Soiree
Tuesday, December 6th
5 pm - 9 pm
Portland House of Music
FREE and open to the public

Beneficiaries:
EqualityMaine
Locker Project
Portland Buy Local
Greater Portland Landmarks

We look forward to celebrating the season and supporting these great causes with all our clients and friends from over the years. Free and open to the public. Come as you are right after work for nosh and conversation, or come closer to 7 pm for the rockin' tunes.

With generous support from Faces Maine by Maine Magazine and Portland Phoenix.

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Why You Can’t Buy a Forest in a Can
Nov
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Why You Can’t Buy a Forest in a Can

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium (map)
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Why You Can’t Buy
a Forest in a Can:


Managing and Restoring Diversity in our Woodlands and Gardens


William Cullina, Director of Horticulture/Plant Curator, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6-7pm. Free and open to the public. A $10 donation at the door is suggested and appreciated.  

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Trick-or-Treat at the Portland Observatory
Oct
31
3:00pm 3:00pm

Trick-or-Treat at the Portland Observatory

Photo by: Jim O'Reilly

The Portland Observatory is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters and their families on October 31 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Mrs. Emma Crosby Moody (the wife of Lemuel Moody, the founder of the tower) will be on hand to welcome visitors and hand out candy. Be prepared for some spooky surprises 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!

Munjoy Hill is the place to be on Halloween.  The Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization is making sure lots of house and businesses are ready for any vampires, ghosts, royalty, animals, or werewolves that might be out and about on October 31. 

Here is the info from MHNO: "It's Halloween on Munjoy Hill & We Need YOU! ~ We're getting FRIGHTENINGLY close to All Hollows Eve and wanna give our little boys and ghouls plenty of choices while skipping, spooking and flying around the neighborhood in search of treats. Please sign-up to be a Halloween Hill House! All you'll need to do is turn a light on, pass out a little candy and allow us to add you to our trick-or-treat map. It's a great way to bring trick-or-treat back to the Hill while making things a little safer for our little ninjas, vampires and princesses. Please contact Laura.Greenstein@MunjoyHill.org to put your name on the list; then just grab your candy bowl and celebrate a fun (and SAFE!) Halloween!"

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History in Your Own Backyard
Oct
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

History in Your Own Backyard

  • Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

History in Your Own Backyard:


The cultural landscape seen every day and the evolving changes in garden design


Lucinda Brockway,
Historic Landscape Specialist, Past Designs

Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, Tuesday, October 25, 2016. 6-7pm
Free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated.

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