Fort Road, Southern Maine Technical College. Once used to guard approach to Portland Harbor.
A Civil War Fort on House Island, is an interesting tour and clambake spot. At the turn of the century, House Island served as an immigration hospital for thousands of immigrants entering America.
The octagonal stone fort visible off Portland's Eastern Promenade can be visited by private boat. Designed in 1858 for short-range guns, the fort was soon made obsolete by the development of long-range guns and was never fired upon.
ARCHITECTURE / HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT LOCATIONS
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.
Neighborhood with amazing views of Casco Bay. Large grassy area is a great place to bring a book, have a picnic or play a game of Frisbee, and enjoy the boating activity on the water. There is a small beach that is open to the public.
Maine Irish Heritage Center
European style cathedral served as the center of Irish Culture for over 150 years. It now houses Maine's Irish genealogical center and library, presenting the story of Irish history in Maine.
Newly constructed building with stunning oceanfront event space and docking area for cruise ships.
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.
Portland City Hall
Second Renaissance Revival, 1909-1912. Designed by Carrere and Hastings of New York.
Portland Museum of Art
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.
Portland Observatory Museum
National Historic Landmark in Portland's East End. Only remaining signal tower in America. Views, cruise ships, lighthouses, Western Mountains.
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.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PORTLAND'S HISTORY
Maine College of Art's Baxter Library | (207) 775-5152 | meca.edu
Maine Historical Society Library | (207) 774-1822 | mainehistory.org
Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine | (207) 780-4850 | usm.maine.edu/~maps/
Portland Public Library | (207) 871-1700 | portlandlibrary.com