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With its magnificent architecture in the heart of a bustling seaport, The Custom House was recently restored to its 1872 glory. The building has been closed to the public since 2001 except through this special 30 minute guided tour. Come see the space a young United States of America created to impress merchants from abroad as they came into Portland, one of the country's biggest, busiest and vital harbors at the time.
September 5, 2018 - October 25, 2018
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am & 11:00 am
Meet on the steps of the Custom House
312 Fore Street,Portland, ME 04101
$10 per person. $8 for members. Advanced ticketing required. Click this event for tickets.
The India street neighborhood has been a crossroad for Portland's workers, residents, and travelers through the centuries. Walk back in time from the 21st to the 19th century exploring the oldest street in Portland and its newest historic district. The walk will end with an exclusive tour inside the Abyssinian Meeting House, America's 3rd oldest African-American Meeting House. This tour is offered in partnership with the Abyssinian Restoration Project.
July 9 - September 24, 2018
Mondays at 10 AM
Meet at 1 India Street, Portland, ME, The Gorham Savings Bank Building, formerly, the Grand Trunk Railroad Offices.
$10 per person. $8 for Members. Advanced tickets preferred, Day-of tickets may not be available. Click this event for tickets.
2018 PRESERVATION AWARDS
CELEBRATION & ANNUAL MEETING
4:30 PM: Join us for guided tours of unique apartments and public spaces
in the building. Last tour at 5:10 pm.
5:30 PM: Preservation Awards Ceremony and brief Annual Meeting*
Immediately following the presentation please join us as we celebrate with our friends.
Light refreshments will be served. Suggested contribution: $20
Understand how to improve energy efficiency in older buildings while maintaining the historic character and architectural elements. The workshop will provide guiding principles and specific techniques and efforts that can be taken to save energy, improve occupant health, and promote durability and sustainability of older buildings.
Portland has eleven local historic districts and if you own property or are thinking about owning property in one of those districts do you know exactly what that means? With this program you’ll learn the guidelines that govern exterior changes along with the criteria for construction and renovations. In addition, this program will describe the designation process for landmark buildings and historic districts.
The program will conclude with a walk in...
Every home has a story if you know how to uncover it. With this program you will learn how to research the history of an historic home and share its story. During the classroom portion of the class you will learn to identify architectural styles and to understand the historical background of residential buildings in Portland.
The program will conclude with a walking tour of...
The Portland Observatory is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters and their families on October 31 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. Some ghosts of the Tower's pastwill be on hand to welcome visitors and hand out candy. Come for some spooky fun at the country’s only Maritime Signal Tower. First floor ONLY of the Observatory will be open and decorated. Take advantage of this off-season opportunity to enjoy the Portland Observatory!
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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!
From factory workers and stenographers to electricians and developers, triple-decker buildings transformed the way working-class families lived in Portland at the turn of the 20th century and beyond.
Now,many of the remaining triple-deckers are being transformed into high-end condiminiums. What is the history of this distinctly urban architecture in Portland?
Here are 8 Great ways to celebrate Preservation Month this May!
Be your own tour guide through a changing neighborhood.
We uploaded all 4 of the Munjoy Hill walking tours to our website.
Make a Preservation Plan for your older building.
Having an older building can be overwhelming but you don’t have to do everything all at once…
The short answer is YES.
Landmarks has been discussing how Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing fit together. Here are 4 resources that we found helpful that we want to share!
2) Directory of Advocacy, Julie Ann Larry, is attending a conference called "Preserving Affordability, Affording Preservation" and you can too!
From the mid 19th century onward the neighborhood on Lafayette and Merrill Streets was home to a number of Portland’s black residents, many of whom worked on Portland’s waterfront or in nearby businesses. While some black residents were native to Maine, many were from Canada, particularly from Nova Scotia. Others came to Portland from Guadaloupe, Jamaica, Cape Verde, West Indies, Portugal, and other states like North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Wisconsin, and Georgia. The men worked as seaman, waiters, janitors, stewards, cooks, clerks, hotel porters, house painters, and laborers. While many women stayed home, others worked as laundresses, seamstresses, housekeepers, and elevator operators.
Here are 10 shovel-out-and-leave-the-house-in-the-bitter-cold worthy events for lovers of Greater Portland's diverse history and historic preservation!
rofessor Page teaches and writes about the history of cities and architecture. His lecture will draw on his most recent book Why Preservation Matters (Yale University press, 2016), a thought-provoking assessment of the preservation movement that offers a progressive vision for the future of preservation. Anyone interested in how to honor our past while working toward an equitable and sustainable future for our community will gain insight from Professor page’s ideas.