PORTLAND, Maine — Trustees and staff of Greater Portland Landmarks gathered Thursday morning as workers from the City of Portland installed banners onto three light poles along Spring Street.
The installation is one of several major events this year to mark Landmarks’ 50th Anniversary year in 2014. The banners are designed to be up for the duration of 2014 and to draw attention to one of the most important sites in the evolution of the historic preservation movement—where, decades ago, the Spring Street National Register Historic District was created, which stopped the demolition of historic buildings further along Spring Street.
Hilary Bassett, Executive Director of Greater Portland Landmarks, stated in a press release, “We want to call attention to the fact that Landmarks has been actively advocating and educating for historic preservation for 50 years, especially at this site which is adjacent to our headquarters and where a whole row of buildings was taken out during the urban renewal area.”
Bassett added, “The work of preservation continues to be important throughout the greater Portland area, as development pressures increase and historic properties are threatened by deterioration, neglect, or demolition. The city’s historic character is part of what makes it so attractive to residents and visitors.”