Historic preservation staff provide technical assistance and on-site consultations to property owners within historic districts, as well as to owners in other parts of the city who are interested in restoring their traditional buildings. Historic Preservation Manager, Deb Andres, and Preservation Compliance Coordinator, Robert Wiener, are ready to meet with you at your property, assist you with your application for proposed work, and/or answer questions you have concerning the ordinance.
Guidelines & Publications
The following guidelines on common rehabilitation questions are available at the following links, or at City Hall:
Guidelines for Porch Repairs and Replacement
Sign Standard and Signage Design Guidelines
Policy and Guidelines for the Replacement of Wood Clapboards in Portland's Historic Districts
Historic Resources Design Manual
The Historic Resources Design Manual is a valuable reference for applicants. The manual includes chapters on the historical and architectural development of each of the City's historic districts. Through a series of photographs, the manual also illustrates the intent behind each of the review standards as they apply to a variety of building projects.
Old photographs can be an essential tool in researching the historic appearances of buildings. Maine Historical Society maintains a website, Maine Memory Network (www.mainememory.net) which makes available hundreds of historic images and documents. The City of Portland and Maine Memory Network recently collaborated to digitize all of the City of Portland's collection of 1924 Assessors photographs. These images recorded every taxable property in the city - a wonderful resource available at Maine Memory Network.
Applicants are also encouraged to contact Greater Portland Landmarks, a private, non-profit organization, for assistance. Greater Portland Landmarks maintains an extensive reference library which is open to the public and located at 93 High Street, Portland, ME 04101. They can also be reached by phone at (207)774-5561. The Portland Public Library also has extensive historic collections, notably in the Portland Room.