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for the 2019 Old House Trade Show!
March 30-31, 2019
Maine's premiere event celebrating historic preservation, high quality craftsmanship, traditional construction and sustainable practices in Maine and New England.
Talk face to face with dozens of house experts, contractors, designers, and specialists about your home.
Attend two days of workshops and demos to learn new DIY techniques, hear the latest in sustainable technology, and more.
Learn about products and resources that could improve your home.
Meet the community of people preserving our past and saving our future which includes expert tradespeople, citizen groups, your neighbors, and you!
May 31, 2019
Portland Then and Now: Celebrating Neighborhoods and Community
Join us at Ocean Gateway for a cocktail buffet, music, dancing and the Living Landmark Awards! Friday, May 31st, 2019
5:30 to 10:00 p.m.
14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland
We will honor the following Living Landmarks for their transformational leadership in preserving our historic character:
Sally & Ted Oldham
Mary Lou Sprague
Anna Marie Thron
On the Blog
Did you know that Portland was included in this well-known guide book for African Americans travelling in the mid-twentieth century?
The guide book was originated and published by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the era of Jim Crow laws, when open and often legally prescribed discrimination against non-whites was widespread. Although pervasive racial discrimination and poverty limited car ownership, the emerging African-American middle class bought automobiles as soon as they could afford to do so, but when travelling faced a variety of dangers and inconveniences along the road, from refusal of food and lodging to arbitrary arrest. In response, Green wrote his guide to services and places relatively friendly to African-Americans, eventually expanding its coverage from the New York area to much of the United States. He also founding a travel agency.
One of the best parts of the Old House Trade Show is having the opportunity to chat with exhibitors about their memorable experiences with older homes. It’s also a great opportunity to discuss options for your home projects and find inspiration in the creative solutions offered by all of our exhibitors.
To start the conversation, we caught up with Stephanie Brown, a window technician at Bagala Window Works. An exhibitor at the upcoming 2019 Old House Trade Show, Bagala Window Works (BWW) is a local company and long-time supporter of Greater Portland Landmarks working to preserve the unique heritage of homes through time-tested techniques in window restoration. Stephanie discusses her work with older homes, her favorite window projects, and her perspective as a woman in a skilled trade profession traditionally held by men.
As we gear up for the 2019 Old House Trade Show in March, we’re sharing projects from people around the state in the process of working on their older home. Below, Laurel LaBauve of SoPo Cottage shares her experience with her “Midcentury Marvel” in Cape Elizabeth.
I optimistically checked out a fat stack of preservation-related books at the University of Georgia library and lugged them up to Maine for self-assigned summer reading. The Past and Future City by Stephanie Meeks (Island Press, 2016 link: https://islandpress.org/book/the-past-and-future-city) has been on my list for quite some time. The president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 2010, Meeks echoes ideas that are buzzing in the preservation world and support the message of Max Page’s lecture. That preservation is much more than house museums, it’s an evolving field that should play an important role in addressing some of our most hot-button issues such as affordable housing and climate change. To do this, she outlines 10 steps communities can take to harness the power of their existing building stock and protect historic resources. Here are my Cliff Notes:
To use a term from Mary Berry of the Great British Bake Off, this fall is cram-jam full with history, architecture, and community events. Organizations all over the region are in a celebratory mood, from our own Preservation Awards, to an architecture-inspired costume party. This fall you can take a musical stroll, have a reason to say “Happy Terrcentential!”, and trick-or-treat at a Portland icon and so much more.
This summer we have the privilege of being joined by four graduate level interns for 10 weeks to survey off-peninsula Portland neighborhoods. They have brought with them their fresh enthusiasm for historic preservation and their knowledge about what is happening in the preservation world from academia to other parts of the country. Our Director of Advocacy, Julie Larry, has been guiding them through the process and will present on their research this summer and fall. The second part of our Deering Highlands research will be presented on August 28. More details below.
I interrupted their research this morning to ask them how their summer is going. Here is what they had to say! - Chloe Martin
History lovers don't often get enough credit for enjoying time in the outdoors. To prove the skeptics wrong here is a list of 11 things to do this summer with a history focus and most have an outdoor element to them! Historic Preservation is all around us!