What's New at Landmarks
Celebrate National Scavenger Hunt Day
with Greater Portland Landmarks!
Do you like a good riddle? Just love historic places? Play along by yourself or form a team and solve the clues to win serious bragging rights and one lucky person will win a gift certificate donated by Silly's Restaurant!
Save this page! On May 24 at 9 am we will post the clues here!
This Place Matters!
Join us for a special Preservation Month tour of the India Street neighborhood. The walking tour will focus on the neighborhood’s early 19th century African-American history and will end with a special tour of the A Distant Holla art exhibition at the Abyssinian Meeting House, one of Landmarks’ Places In Peril. Landmarks’ Places in Peril program draws attention to Greater Portland’s vulnerable historic places and serves as a catalyst for adaptive reuse and community revitalization.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
12 pm - 1:30 pm
Tour will meet outside of 1 India Street, Portland, ME 04101
Price: $15/pp (nonmembers) $10/pp (members) Limit: 20 people.
Register online or call 774-5561.
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!"
On the Blog
Did you know that May is National Preservation month? We are excited there is a whole month to celebrate what we do every day! In historic cities like ours it can be easy to take our charming historic downtown for granted. Why would anyone want to destroy it? But, before there were citizen groups like Greater Portland Landmarks, buildings were unappreciated, abandoned, and torn down. This was happening in Portland, throughout Maine, and allover the country. Now, not only does our organization exist, but there are city ordinances, historic districts, state and national historic tax credits, and national organizations. However, nothing is safe. As Portland grows new areas are threatened, and with every new federal tax plan, historic tax credits become vulnerable. A month devoted to Historic Preservation reminds us how far we've come, where we are going, and how much is left to be done.
Below are some links, resources, and tools to get you excited about Historic Preservation. Join us!
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.