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.
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.
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