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November 9, 2017

16 ‘outstanding’ historic preservation projects honored by Maine Preservation

Courtesy / Sea Coast Management
Courtesy / Sea Coast Management
This architect's rendering shows how the century-old Plummer School in Falmouth was transformed into Plummer Senior Living after a multi-million-dollar renovation. The project is one of 16 recognized by Maine Preservation as winners of its 2017 Honor Awards, which celebrate "outstanding examples of historic preservation and revitalization statewide.'

Maine Preservation recognized 16 projects as winners of the 2017 Honor Awards, which celebrate "outstanding examples of historic preservation and revitalization statewide" as well as recognize the owners, professionals, preservationists and partners who made them possible.

"Taking vacant and underutilized historic buildings and adaptively using and updating them is an essential ingredient for community revitalization and vitality," said Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton. "When completed, these buildings lift the economics of the areas around them and the spirits of the citizens benefitting from them. These projects recall the history of their surrounds and our predecessors that built and used them, while filling current needs. And these well-built buildings can be feasibly rehabilitated, economically operated and energy efficient."

‘Preservation champion’ honored

Deb Andrews, manager of Portland's Historic Preservation Program, received the 2017 Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. Preservation Champion award for her lifetime achievement in historic preservation. While serving as executive director of Greater Portland Landmarks from 1984-1990, she spearheaded establishment of a demolition delay ordinance in the City and ultimately adoption of Portland's Historic Preservation Ordinance, during the period when a lawsuit succeeded in preventing condo development on Long Wharf.

As manager of Portland's Historic Preservation Program since 1992, she has overseen the transformation of the Old Port from a largely vacant area into the most vibrant and highest-rent commercial district in the state. Commercial and Congress Streets have been named two of the Great Streets of America by the American Planning Association during her tenure.

And Western Prom has revitalized into the highest value non-waterfront neighborhood in the state, according to Maine Preservation's news release.

2017 Honor Award recipients

Maine Preservation's 2017 Honor Award recipients, listed alphabetically based on the municipality in which they are located, are:

  • Augusta, D.W. Adams Building
  • Bar Harbor, Parish House at Saint Saviour's Church.
  • Bath, John E.L. Huse School Apartments
  • Bath, Winter Street Church, Preservation Timber Framing
  • Biddeford, The Lofts at Saco Falls
  • Castine, Samuel P. Grindle House
  • Corinna, The Stewart Library
  • Falmouth, Plummer School
  • Harpswell, Elijah Kellogg Church
  • Lewiston, 46 Lisbon St.
  • Lewiston, Agora Grand Event Center & Inn at the Agora
  • Portland, Brick South
  • Portland, Grand Trunk Railway Co. Building (Gorham Savings Bank)
  • Portland, Schlotterbeck & Foss Building
  • Portland, The Francis Hotel
  • Presque Isle, Maysville Museum.

Maine Preservation is an independent nonprofit member-based statewide historic preservation organization that promotes and preserves historic places, buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods, strengthening the cultural and economic vitality of Maine communities.

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Maine Preservation's 2017 Honor Award citations

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