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Architecture, Old Port's brick buildings and Victorian Flair

Portland Public Market

It is the largest timber-framed building in the East. Built in 1998, it houses 25 local farmers and food producers. Winner of 1999 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

Portland Museum of Art & McLellan-Sweat House

Charles Shipman Payson wing built 1979-83. Henry N. Cobb of I.M. Pei, architect. Contemporary Post-Modern, reflects a traditional architectural vocabulary. Built of locally-made brick with granite string courses. McLellan-Sweat House: federal mansion built in 1800-01 for Hugh McLellan by local architect builder John Kimball.

Old Port

The historic center of the original settlement is centered around its commercial port. In 1866 it suffered a disastrous fire and was rebuilt almost immediately in grand Victorian style, demonstrating the city’s economic resilience.

Western Promenade

Spectacular views, 175 feet above sea level, Portland’s Western Promenade dates from the turn of the century and exhibits the city’s well-preserved Victorian residences.

Portland City Hall

Second Renaissance Revival, 1909-1912. Designed by Carrere and Hastings of New York.

U.S. Customs House

Built 1868-1871. Constructed of New Hampshire granite. Elaborate interior includes painted and gilded ceilings, fine crafted woodwork and marble floors. Still in use by Customs Service and the Coast Guard.

Deering Oaks Park

51-acre park was scene of 1690 battle between colonists, French and Indians. Ancient oaks dot the grounds, Rose Garden, playground, duck pond, tennis courts. Saturday Farmers Market in season.

Exchange Street - Old Port - Portland
Exchange Street - Old Port - Portland



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