Documenting Greater Portland

Greater Portland Landmarks is committed to locating and documenting historic resources in Portland and surrounding communities. This documentation is essential to understanding the rich history of our community and assists us in our education and advocacy programs.

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Boulevard Park

Boulevard Park may be the only subdivision in Portland designed by a landscape architect. This small planned community on the edge of the boulevard was significantly altered by the urban renewal extension of Preble Street.

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Forest Avenue

One of Portland’s oldest roads, Forest Avenue has a long commercial and transit history. Known as Portland’s “Auto Row” due to the more than a dozen auto showrooms constructed along the street in the early 20th century.

Oakdale

Once part of the Deering Family farm, this neighborhood was built in three subdivisions, Oakdale, Fessenden Park, and in the 1920s Oakwood Heights, which includes several kit houses.

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Ferry Village

Once part of Cape Elizabeth, this waterfront community has a long tradition of shipbuilding. We surveyed the neighborhood in 2019 to document historic resource at risk for future flooding.

Deering Highlands

This hillside neighborhood was once part of a large estate owned by the Rackleff family. Dwellings in the Highlands include small farmhouses, large Victorian mansions, small bungalows, and multi-family dwellings.

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Morrill’s Corner

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Peaks Island

Peaks Island has a long history of use by Native Americans, and fishing families, as well as being a popular summer tourist destination. We completed a historic resource survey of the ‘downfront’ area in 2018.

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Bayside

One of Portland’s oldest urban neighborhoods, Bayside is largely built on fill. This waterfront residential and industrial neighborhood is highly susceptible to recurrent flooding.

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East Deering

In East Deering, 19th century shipyards, the Grand Trunk Railroad, the Burnham and Morrill factory, and 20th century transportation projects have had a huge impact on this waterfront neighborhood.

Nason’s Corner

This former village surrounded by agricultural farms on the edge of Deering was altered in the mid 20th century as Brighton Avenue developed into a major retail center and transportation corridor.

Woodfords Corner

Learn more about the history and development of the City of Deering’s historic and commercial center. Explore the adjacent neighborhoods and learn more about the people who helped to create Portland’s residential suburb.