What's New at Landmarks
RESCHEDULED for May 6!
Older homes don't come with
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.
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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When Davis took over he immediately wanted to make the building more inviting and prominent to the community. With little money in the budget he did what he could. In 2007-8 he asked the DPW to rip out the giant over grown rhododendrons that blocked the sunlight from pouring in the front glass wall. This also let the light from the library pour out over the little hill that was built around it, making it so distinguishable from a distance. This simple collaboration of city resources highlighted the architecture of the building and made it easier to make the case for more restoration of the library. “Numbers increased drastically” Davis said, “the increased visibility of the building alone, brought more people into it. Period.” Soon after the city started chipping away at other projects. Next the building’s distinctive concrete was preserved.
Mechanics' Hall, built from 1857-9 at 519 Congress Street, Portland, is considered to be the finest work of Thomas J. Sparrow, Portland’s first native architect. Built from Biddeford granite and stone this Italianate style building is adorned with architectural features that highlight the community for which it was built, Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA). The keystones above each arched window on the front façade are carved with the heads of Vulcan and of Archimedes, and the arm of Labor. The storefronts on the first floor were intended for association members to lease for their own businesses. The core of the original design was to create a permanent home for their library that had been moved between different locations around Portland to accommodate its growing size and use.
Portland’s Black Community has been shaping the city’s history, landscapes, and architecture since the city’s founding. As a major port city, Portland was both a stop on the Underground Railroad and home to a thriving community of free black people who worked the waterfront or worked for the commercial railroads. A few of the buildings that tell their stories remain standing, primarily in the India Street Neighborhood which was founded by free blacks who prospered in Portland’s maritime economy. Those buildings are featured below.
Do You Love Saving Historic Places in Greater Portland?!
Say it Loud and Proud with a Special Valentine!
We are joining the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heart Bombing Campaign by making Valentines for our favorite historic places around Greater Portland. Help us Spread the Love and bring attention to historic Place that need some extra Love this February in 4 Easy Steps.
Advocacy works. Here are updates on four buildings that Greater Portland Landmarks supported.
We had so many wonderful entries to our first Instagram contest that our judges had a hard time choosing. Greater Portland's dynamic, and charming character was certainly revealed. We will be sharing some of our favorite runner-ups on Instagram this week. Thank you to everyone who entered.
Below are the winning pictures! We are already looking forward to
Back when your drafty old place was built, believe me they had energy efficiency in mind. Buildings were oriented so main living areas could take advantage of heat from solar gain, sturdy evergreen trees were planted to block the winter winds and deciduous trees to shade the summer heat, chimney were contructed strageically to take full advantage of the radiant heat from warm masonry and the fire, and they would never have gone to bed without taking the basic step of closing the curtains. Resources were precious.
10 Things You Can Do Over The Weekend to Make Your Old House More Efficient
(efficiency=warmer home +more money in your pocket
+ good for the environment)
1. Install (or begin won the north or draftiest areas) good...
With this in mind we ask our Instagram followers to show us the character of Greater Portland via its doorways in our first Instagram contest. Doorways that catch your eye from a distance, up-close door details and craftsmanship, decorated doors, barn doors, modest and grand doors- we want to see them all.
*Make sure to Like your favorite entries and tell your friends to like yours. There is a prize for most likes!*
Read the blog to learn all the rules and guidelines.
1)Poetry is a good fright.
From Friday, October 21 – Monday, October 31, the Longfellow House hosts a haunted house. They even have two levels of spooky. Based on Longfellow's poem, "Haunted Houses" the event evokes the various family members that died in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House over its long history. Two tours will be offered this year; one for families and one for adults. Treats and drinks will be served. For more information, tour times, and tickets go here.
2)Gardens have their own historic timeline. Where does yours fit in?
The First Lecture in the Greater Portland Landmarks Lecture series is History in Your Own Backyard: The cultural landscape seen every day and the evolving changes in garden design. The talk will be given by award winning Historic Landscape Specialist, Lucinda Brockway. October 25, 6-7 pm, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. This lecture is free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated. For more information about the event click here. Looking forward to the lecture? Read the cover article from the last observer on our blog.