West End Place

Pine and Brackett Streets, Portland

The Issue

A four story residential building with thirty-nine apartments and a thirty-four space parking garage was proposed for a partially empty and neglected corner in the West End Historic District. Prior to the design, a historic dwelling located on the lot was reclassified from a contributing building to non-contributing due to its deteriorated state.

Our Position

Landmarks met with the development team and attended the workshop and public hearings held by the Historic Preservation Board. Landmarks encouraged the designers to blend the proposed building with its context and advocated for a design that reduced the building height and articulated the long façade on Brackett Street. The developer incorporated several of our comments into the final design approved by the Historic Preservation Board to reduce the building’s overall scale and enhance the pedestrian experience.


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