Greater Portland Landmarks seeks Places in Peril nominations — deadline June 21

Community Author: Chloe Martin
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Greater Portland Landmarks | Contributed
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PORTLAND — The deadline to submit a nomination for Greater Portland Landmarks’ (Landmarks) 5th Places in Peril list is Friday, June 21, 2019.

Places in Peril is Landmarks’ endangered properties program designed to call attention to the threats facing character-defining, historically-significant properties in greater Portland. Landmarks hopes people will search their communities for historic properties which are vulnerable or imperiled, or threatened by inappropriate development or insensitive public policy.

“Many properties are facing serious threats,” said Sarah Hansen, executive director. “These threats include things like sale or transfer without any historic preservation protections, neglect or lack of maintenance, or lack of funding. The properties on our list help define the character of greater Portland”

Nominators are encouraged to look in Portland as well as neighboring communities. A future listing on Landmarks’ Places in Peril list might be just the spark an historic property needs to ignite restoration and preservation.

Landmarks has listed 26 places Places in Peril since the program started in 2012. As a result, two have been saved and five more have made significant progress towards revitalization and/or protection.  Saved buildings include the Grand Trunk Office Building at 1 India Street, Portland and the former Maine National Guard Armory in South Portland. Places that have made significant strides in large part due to community engagement are Fort Gorges, House Island, Lincoln Park, the Portland Company Historic District and South Portland’s historic resources.

More information about the program and how to nominate a property are available online, or by contacting Julie Larry at 207-774-5561 ext. 102.

Founded in 1964, Greater Portland Landmarks’ mission is to preserve and revitalize Greater Portland’s remarkable legacy of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and parks.

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