SOUTH PORTLAND HISTORIC RESOURCES
South Portland has seven distinct historic neighborhoods. These special places are in danger of being lost due to lack of awareness, neglect, or an accumulation of lost architectural features.
There are currently no protections for historic architecture in South Portland.
ABYSSINIAN MEETING HOUSE
The Abyssinian Meeting House can benefit from increased awareness to facilitate the fundraising needed to complete the restoration and ultimately provide public access to the building.
GRAND TRUNK RAILROAD OFFICE BUILDING
This three-story neo-classical style brick building, built in 1903, is the only building which survives from the extensive Grand Trunk Railroad complex in Portland. It originally served as offices for the railroad and for the transatlantic steamship operators that used their wharves and sheds.
With limited income to fund the preservation and maintenance of the structure, the Masonic Lodge is threatened by physical deterioration. The building suffers from extensive deferred maintenance on the exterior and urgently needs a master plan to guide usage and repairs to save the structure from further damage.
In 1965, St. Stephens Church at 669 Congress Street was demolished due to a declining congregation by the Episcopal Church. The stone Gothic Revival Building was completed in 1855 and was an important presence in Longfellow Square. The lot, long vacant was used for parking.
EQUESTRIAN ARTIFACTS of PORTLAND'S GOLDEN AGE
Cast iron hitching posts and granite carriage mounts are examples of a golden age of beautification in the city of Portland in the time of horse-drawn vehicles. Part of the “City Beautiful” movement of the time, these artifacts reflect the carefully designed public spaces of the era.
Spring Street Arterial
Conceived as part of a larger urban renewal plan for the Downtown in the late 1960s, the Spring Street Arterial is a half-mile long stretch of highway in the middle of the City that necessitated the removal of numerous historic resources.