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Portland Foreside Redevelopment

Portland Foreside Redevelopment

Bruner/Cott’s Portland Foreside project consists of transformative reuse of nine buildings within the Portland Company Historic District along with new townhouses and extensive landscape changes that include adjusting for sea level rise and altering the alignment of the existing narrow gauge railway that expects to open a new terminal.

Portland, ME 58,000 sf

The Portland Company was a national center for heavy manufacturing starting in the 1840s. It began fabrication of locomotives and foundry work in 1846 that continued into the last decades of the 20th century. Large, abandoned industrial buildings remain standing, located within easy walking distance of Portland’s historic port.

A restoration of five buildings for market halls, event space, retail and offices coexists with new construction on foundations of collapsed buildings along a 40-foot high, 19th century granite sea wall. A three-story 1895 brick warehouse for storage of wooden casting patterns (Building 12) was carefully dismantled and reconstructed on a new site within the historic district and renovated to become Twelve, a local dining destination with offices and residences above.


  • 2023 Maine Preservation Honor Award

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