Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
There is a rock/monument/reminder in front of the new Marriott on the Eastern Waterfront, across from Ocean Gateway. It serves as a notice that the house which Henry Wadsworth Longellow was born and raised in once stood on this site. Per the Vigorous North, the house was demolished long ago to make way for industrial buildings, which were then demolished for this development and a parking garage.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Taking a look inside the old public market building, which is being renovated into office space for a local company.
To quote myself from my flickr comment on this photo:
"It's definitely a plus that is'a local company moving in, but it is sad that such a fine building wasn't able to remain a public market. The combination of not making a profit, being kind of out of the way for tourists, and the nighborhood it borders (homeless shelter, lower income housing, etc) did it in.
The good news is that public market house, right in monument square, is doing great and expanding to the 2nd floor at the moment!"
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
This is a not-so-perfectly framed shot of the old Chestnut Street Church with the City Hall dome in the background. The church was purchased a few years ago after its congregation moved out, and will soon open as a restaurant, known as Grace. They have a blog here and here are some great shots of the interior by a professional photographer. I dig the circular bar in the middle. I applaud this creative reuse of a beautiful structure.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Here are a few photos from an open-house I attended this morning. The house is the Redfern House and is on track to be LEED certified with a 'Gold' rating. An added bonus for this project (in my book) is that it is built in the city of Portland (off of Ocean Avenue) where as most LEED homes built in this state are in rural areas and the gains in sustainability
These sliding pieces move like barn doors and act to cool the house by covering the windows/patio doors in the summer and move to let more sun into the house in the winter for heat.
A small footprint by today's standards, but still a perfectly large house with the kitchen/dining room and living room downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.
From their site:
The Redfern House is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home of roughly 1760 square feet. It will feature thoughtful spaces and attractive finishes, making it extremely comfortable and livable. And it has been designed and built to be healthy, extremely efficient, highly durable, and ecologically responsible.
The house uses no fossil fuels and even has a no-turf yard (think of all the pesticides used on the average yard and the costs and environmental impacts of mowing every few weeks in the summer).
The house is connected to the electrical grid, and has two power meters, as seen below. One measures the electricity coming in and one measures the electricity going out. Most of the year the house will produce more electricity than it takes in so the power company will pay (issue credits) to the owners for their power put into the grid. I couldn't get a good view of the solar panels but they are on the roof of the house, by the way.
Public tours will also be offered by the architect Chris Briley and ReVision Energy on Thursday, June 16th at 5:30 and 6:15pm. RSVP by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Formerly a University of Southern Maine dormitory (and a hotel of some sort before that), the building at 645 is slated to become a great looking development mixing retail and residential aspects.
Here are a few shots as it stands today:
Also note that the trash all over the place is from tearing this section down
Check out the development's site here: http://www.645congress.com/ for some renderings of what the project will look like when it is finished in Fall 2009.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Today I am semi-officially announcing a new blogging effort, Walk Around Portland. I am to discuss all things pedestrian, bicyclist, and non-vehicular around Portland and hope that a few people find it worth visiting on a regular basis. I have a few posts up, so check it out.