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Portland City Hall (Maine)

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Area  1.125 acres (0.455 ha)
NRHP Reference #  73000119
Opened  1909
Architect  John Calvin Stevens
Built  1909
Added to NRHP  May 7, 1973
Phone  +1 207-874-8300
Portland City Hall (Maine)
Location  389 Congress St., Portland, Maine
Address  389 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Hours  Open today · 9AM–4:30PMFriday9AM–4:30PMSaturdayClosedSundayClosedMonday9AM–4:30PMTuesday9AM–4:30PMWednesday9AM–4:30PMThursday9AM–4:30PMSuggest an edit
Similar  Merrill Auditorium, First Parish Church, William B Troubh Ice Arena, Eastern Promenade, Old Port

The Portland City Hall is the center of city government in Portland, Maine. It is located at 389 Congress Street, and is set in a prominent rise, anchoring a cluster of civic buildings at the eastern end of Portland's downtown. The structure was built in 1909-12 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.



Portland City Hall occupies much of an entire city block, bounded by Congress, Myrtle, and Chestnut Streets, and Cumberland Avenue. Its original main portion is a U-shaped granite structure, the U open to Congress Street. A modern ell extends along Myrtle Street, behind the right leg of the U. The central portion is three stories in height, with a dormed mansard roof fronted by a low balustrade. A tower, 200 feet (61 m) in height rises from the center of this section. Ground floor windows are set in rounded openings, a feature continued around the wings. There are three entrances, accessed via a broad set of stairs; the central one is topped by the city seal. The wings are two stories in height, with projecting colonnades of Tuscan columns facing the inside of the U. The wings are covered by hip roofs, with a bracketed cornice extending around.

The interior of the building houses the city's offices. The addition on Myrtle Street also includes Merrill Auditorium, a 2,000 seat performance venue. The organ it houses was the second largest in the world at the time of its construction in 1912.

Portland's City Hall was first built on this site in 1862, a building that was destroyed in the city's Great Fire of 1866. Rebuilt to a design by Francis H. Fassett, its replacement burned in 1908. The present City Hall was designed by the New York City firm of Carrere & Hastings, with local assistance provided by John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens. It was inspired by New York City Hall, and was considered by John M. Carrere to be one of his finest works.


During the Portland Rum Riot on June 2, 1855, opponents of the state's Prohibition law stormed City Hall because they thought Mayor Neal Dow was keeping liquor in the basement. Newspapers reported that Dow ordered rioters to be fired upon, killing one and wounding seven.


Portland City Hall (Maine) Wikipedia

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